May 23, 2018
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Senate OK's bill to trim Maine House

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to trim the size of the House of Representatives from 151 seats to 131.

Senators voted 30-5 Monday in favor of the bill, well over the two-thirds majority that would be needed on final passage. Because the bill calls for a constitutional amendment, it would be sent to voters if lawmakers approve it.

The bill’s prospects in the House remain uncertain after a vote Friday. The House voted 86-58 to pass it, but the tally was short of the two-thirds supermajority needed on the final vote.

Supporters say the moneysaving bill is strongly supported by voters. But opponents say giving members more than the present 8,400 constituents would add to their workloads and weaken the balance of power between the House and Senate.

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