Maine lawmakers clear spending bills from table

Posted June 28, 2011, at 2:06 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers are making a major dent in their workload as they work toward finishing business for 2011 session.

The Senate on Tuesday began clearing away the 90 or so bills awaiting decisions on whether they’ll be funded. Given the limited money available, about $800,000, about half of the bills are destined to die because there’s no way to pay for them.

Among those being recommended for passage are bills to raise the speed limit on Interstate 95 from 65 mph to 75 mph from Old Town to Houlton.

Another bill recommended for enactment allows the state to establish a three-day period in which a nonresident snowmobiler may ride in Maine without being registered in the state, provided the nonresident’s state allows Mainers the same privilege.

 

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