Latest Maine state government News

Religious schools may face another hurdle to state tuition

Jun. 25, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Religious schools got what they wanted when the Supreme Court allowed them to participate in a state tuition program. But the state attorney general said the ruling will be for naught unless the schools are willing to abide by the same antidiscrimination law...

DOJ: Maine violates ADA in care of kids with disabilities

Jun. 22, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine unnecessarily institutionalizes youths with mental health and developmental disabilities because of a lack of sufficient community-based services that would allow them to stay in their homes, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday in declaring a violation of...

New push to revitalize former Air Force base in north Maine

Jun. 17, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

LIMESTONE, Maine (AP) — Maine is launching a new push to revitalize a former Air Force base in the northern part of the state. Loring Air Force Base in Limestone closed in the 1990s. It was redeveloped into Loring Commerce Centre. Gov. Janet Mills said Friday the...

UMaine System gives chancellor short-term extension

Jun. 17, 2022 01:46 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's public university system extended the contract of its chancellor into the summer, but has yet to make a decision about his long-term future. Chancellor Dannel Malloy has received votes of no confidence from faculty at three of the system's campuses....

Maine diocese sued for 1st time since abuse suit barrier end

Jun. 16, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The first lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland since Maine took away a limitation on claims of child sexual abuse were filed on Thursday. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed a law last year that allowed victims to bring civil lawsuits about...

Bill to give Maine tribes benefits of federal laws advances

Jun. 15, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

A House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would allow Native American tribes in Maine to benefit from future federal laws, despite a state land claims settlement. Wabanaki tribes in Maine are governed by the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 that stipulates they’re...

AP News Guide: A look at Maine's primary elections

Jun. 14, 2022 23:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Turnout was low Tuesday during a Maine primary election that served as a tune-up before the November general election, which will have many more voters and higher stakes. Secretary of State Shenna Bellows said there was no contested statewide race to bring...

Bruce Poliquin wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

Jun. 14, 2022 23:05 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bruce Poliquin wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

Mills, LePage look ahead to November in Maine governor race

Jun. 14, 2022 21:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Paul LePage, the Republican whose two terms as Maine's governor were dominated by his offensive rhetoric and combative leadership, is seeking a political comeback. With no opposition, LePage coasted to the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday,...

Central Maine Power says rates will decrease next month

Jun. 14, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power said customers are going to get a break on their bills starting next month. Electric rates will dip 5.5% on July 1 as part of the company's rate reconciliation and adjustment process, the company said Tuesday. That amounts...