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Driving-Cellphone Ban

Driving-Cellphone Ban

| May 20, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A bill that sought to prohibit drivers from using hand-held cellphones has been defeated in the Maine Legislature. The Democratic-led House voted 82-65 against an amended version of Republican Sen. Roger Katz’s bill on Wednesday. The bill is now dead. The Republican-controlled Senate had modified the proposal to reduce the penalties […]

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Maine Nursing Homes May Get $14 Million Boost

Maine Nursing Homes May Get $14 Million Boost

| April 23, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s nursing homes could see a funding boost under legislation awaiting Gov. Paul LePage’s signature. The Democratic-led Legislature recently approved a $4 million measure that would increase Medicaid reimbursements to nursing homes in the fiscal year that starts in July. Nursing homes currently are reimbursed based on what their expenditures were […]

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LePage Vetoes Democrats’ Welfare Bill, 2 Others

LePage Vetoes Democrats’ Welfare Bill, 2 Others

| April 22, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would direct the administration to report on efforts to combat welfare fraud. The bill introduced by Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report annually to the Legislature on its efforts to investigate fraud […]

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Legislature Wrapping Up

Legislature Wrapping Up

| April 17, 2014

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 […]

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Teacher Retirement Pay Bill to Go Into Law

Teacher Retirement Pay Bill to Go Into Law

| March 20, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Legislature has overturned Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that allows retired teachers who return to work to get paid in full. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 29-5 to override the Republican governor’s veto Thursday, following the same action in the House earlier this week. The bill allows teachers […]

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