AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine lawmakers are returning this week for a short session during which they’ll debate both new issues and old.
The Democrat-controlled Legislature returns on Wednesday for the 2014 session.
Among the items on the agenda will be a renewed effort from Democrats to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 70,000 Mainers under the Affordable Care Act. Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the bill last session.
LePage has said he’s going to push for legislation next session designed to reform the state’s welfare programs.
LePage says he plans to introduce a bill that would require some welfare recipients to show that they’ve applied for jobs. He also plans to introduce a bill that would repeal some exemptions of work requirements for recipients.