AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine lawmakers are quickly wrapping up their short legislative session filled with partisan battles over welfare and Medicaid expansion.
The Legislature is spending Thursday voting on the last pieces of legislation on their agenda for the session. They’re expected to finish their work this week and then return in early May to vote on whether to override or sustain any outstanding vetoes from Republican Gov. Paul LePage.
On Thursday, lawmakers are considering dozens of bills that have been in legislative limbo as they awaited decisions on whether or not they would be funded. Among them is a measure that would overhaul the state’s concealed handgun permit system.
They’re also expected to take up $50 million in bonds, including $12 million toward financing programs for small businesses.