Category Archives: Legislature

Photos: Patience and pizza — Staying up late with the 126th Legislature

Lawmakers await the next action during the final regular session day of the 126th Legislature on April 17, 2014. BDN photo by Mario Moretto.

Last night was the last regular session day of the 126th Legislature. Lawmakers arrived early in the day prepared for a triple-session that started Thursday morning and lasted until about 1 a.m. Friday. While members of the House and Senate will return at least once to take up veto override votes, and could potentially be called […]

LePage signs sex trafficking law, then state police bust 2 alleged trafficking rings

Gov. Paul LePage signs an anti-human trafficking  law on Thursday as Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, the bill's sponsor, watches. Contributed photo.

On Thursday, Gov. Paul LePage announced he’d signed a once-controversial, now unanimously supported law aimed at fighting human trafficking in Maine and helping victims leave “the life” for good. An hour later — as if it were planned (and to be clear: I’m not saying it was) — police announced busted two alleged human trafficking rings being run out of Central Maine.

Is the third time a charm for LePage’s right-to-work proposal?

Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to create “Open for Business Zones” in Maine as a way to attract private investments and jobs encountered early opposition Monday when his bill, LD 1835, was presented to the Legislature. Though there was support for the concept of creating incentives for businesses that locate at two former military bases — […]

LePage unveils promised initiatives on drug prevention, education accountability and $100 million in budget cuts

The details of three what are sure to be controversial initiatives proposed by Gov. Paul LePage during his State of the State address last month became public Tuesday when they were presented to the Legislature for formal consideration. Upgrades to the enforcement side of Maine’s war on drugs, a bill to require that high schools […]

How does your school district fare under new state funding estimates? Probably not well

New estimates of how much school districts can expect to receive in state funding next year were released Monday by the Department of Education, which has posted the district-by-district figures on its website. In some ways the numbers are significant because many Maine towns and cities are in the midst of developing their budgets for […]

43 lawmakers tell state budget-writers: Don’t write off pot as fix for budget shortfall

Reuters photo by Jason Redmond.

Munjoy Hill representative and legalized-weed warrior Diane Russell, D-Portland, delivered a memo signed by 37 lawmakers to the Legislature’s budget-writing committee on Friday, urging appropriators to consider potential revenue from legalized marijuana as part of the fix for the $170 million shortfall in the current budget cycle.