Lawmakers override one of LePage’s vetoes, sustain another

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State House in Augusta.
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State House in Augusta.
Posted May 15, 2012, at 12:31 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers have opened the concluding portion of this year’s session by overriding Gov. Paul LePage’s veto on one bill, but sustaining his veto of another.

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday morning to let stand a bill that revamps the fee structure for the state fire marshal’s office in its work inspecting amusement rides. The governor objected to the bill because it increases fees.

Supporters of the bill said the bill was submitted at the request of the fire marshal’s office, and that the old fees didn’t cover the cost of inspections.

The Senate must now decide whether to let the bill stand.

The House, however, sustained LePage’s veto of a bill that would increase filing fees at county registrar of deeds offices by $6 to $13, killing it.

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