Latest Maine state government News

Maine committee nixes bid to stop COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Jan. 21, 2022 10:05 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A committee of the Maine Legislature has voted against a proposal that would have prohibited the state from enacting COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee voted the proposal down by party lines on Thursday....

Drug overdose deaths increase by more than 20% in Maine

Jan. 20, 2022 10:08 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of drug overdose deaths in Maine increased by nearly a quarter in 2021. An estimated 636 people died of overdoses last year, up 23% from the previous year, the Portland Press Herald reported. Researchers informed Maine lawmakers this week that the...

DOL miscue allows personal information to be seen by others

Jan. 19, 2022 17:11 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Labor says personal information belonging to 146 unemployment benefit recipients were seen by others because of a mistake made while uploading tax documents. The documents were loaded into the incorrect accounts, making the benefits and...

Supporters of consumer-owned utility aiming for 2023 ballot

Jan. 19, 2022 09:23 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Falling shy of their signature-gathering goal, supporters of a referendum drive aimed at establishing a consumer-owned electric utility will extend their efforts — delaying a potential vote until next year. Canvassers collected nearly three quarters of the...

Maine governor outraising ex-gov in reelection drive so far

Jan. 18, 2022 14:58 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor is outraising her chief opponent, a Republican former governor, in her drive for reelection so far. The campaign to reelect Gov. Janet Mills said Tuesday the governor has raised more than $1.6 million. The campaign of former Gov....

Maine state senator resigns to take job in federal SBA

Jan. 18, 2022 11:05 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Democratic state senator in Maine said Tuesday that he will resign to take a post within the federal government. Sen. Louis Luchini of Ellsworth said his new job is as an advocate within the U.S. Small Business Administration. His role will be to work with...

Murder convict who escaped prison 3 times dies in custody

Jan. 14, 2022 14:10 PM EST

WARREN, Maine (AP) — A man convicted of murder in Maine who escaped from prison three times has died in custody. Arnold Nash, 68, died on Thursday at Maine State Prison in Warren, the Maine Department of Corrections said. The state attorney general's office and medical examiner's...

Maine considers new protections for ballots, voting machines

Jan. 12, 2022 13:11 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature will consider a proposal designed to protect its elections against interference with ballots and voting equipment. Supporters of the bill said it would clarify the chain of custody for ballots and voting machines to make sure it's clear...

Maine might permanently let restaurants sell to-go alcohol

Jan. 11, 2022 12:15 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker has proposed to permanently allow restaurants and bars to sell alcohol on a to-go basis. The businesses have been able to sell alcohol through takeout and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic if it's accompanied by a food order. Distilleries...

Maine broadband authority has its first leader

Jan. 09, 2022 08:46 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An advocate for improved internet access will serve as the first president of a Maine authority tasked with improving high-speed broadband in the state. Maine Gov. Janet Mills swore Andrew Butcher in as the first president of the Maine Connectivity Authority...