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Dozens of Bills to Be Considered by Lawmakers

| April 30, 2014

MAINE

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Dozens of bills spiked by Maine Gov. Paul LePage will get another shot this week when lawmakers return to Augusta. The Legislature comes back Thursday to consider at least 46 bills recently vetoed by the Republican governor. Among them is a bill that would close a $32 million hole in the state budget to a measure that would force LePage’s administration to rewrite contentious regulations for metallic mineral mining. Bipartisan support will be needed for the vetoes to be overturned, so many of the bills are likely to die. LePage has vetoed 72 bills this session and a total of 179 since taking office, more than any other governor in recent history. The Legislature has overturned the governor’s veto only 13 times since Democrats took over in 2012.

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