State House News
By Christopher Cousins on March 30, 2016, at 7:27 p.m.
If Democrats support an alternate minimum wage proposal to the one that will appear on the November ballot, maybe the GOP will come to the negotiating table.
By Scott Thistle on March 30, 2016, at 4:38 p.m.
Legislation designed to increase funding for the state’s Bureau of Veterans Services hit a political brick wall.
By Christopher Cousins on March 30, 2016, at 3:01 p.m.
A bill designed to fight drug addiction by doubling sentences for importing heroin and other opiates into Maine is moving toward passage in the Legislature.
on March 30, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Rep. Arthur “Archie” Verow, D-Brewer, welcomed Husson University student Adais Viruet-Torres of Brewer to the State House Wednesday. Viruet-Torres is the Penobscot County recipient of the 2016 Legislative Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to college students for outstanding academic achievement and community service. This post was contributed by a …
By Darren Fishell on March 30, 2016, at 1:33 p.m.
A proposal supported by utilities, Maine solar installers and environmental groups that would change how small-scale solar generators get paid has a narrow road to passage after a three-way divide in a committee vote Tuesday.
By Michael Shepherd on March 30, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
Proponents of a marijuana legalization ballot initiative disqualified by Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap told a judge Wednesday that the decision relied on an “unconstitutionally vague” legal interpretation.
By Stephen Betts on March 30, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
The bill arose out of an incident last year, when 67-year-old Harvey Lembo of Rockland shot and wounded a man he said had broken into his residence to steal his prescription painkillers.
By Scott Thistle on March 30, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
A bill before the Legislature proposes using about $550,000 from the $46 million profit the state makes selling $144 million worth of alcohol each year to help Maine’s 140,000 veterans.
By Tammy Wells, The Journal Tribune on March 30, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
Democrat Susan Deschambault is the winner in Maine Senate District 32, besting her Republican opponent, Stephen Martin.
By Michael Shepherd on March 29, 2016, at 6:25 p.m.
Democrats in the Maine Legislature proposed spending $43.8 million on already-approved bills as Republicans stood divided on spending anything at all.
By Darren Fishell on March 29, 2016, at 9:05 a.m.
PORTLAND | A bill to phase out the requirement that FairPoint Communications provide price-controlled landline telephone service in some of the state’s most populous areas won approval Monday from a legislative committee. The vote sends to the full Legislature the question of whether to advance the state’s deregulation of …
By Michael Shepherd on March 28, 2016, at 1:01 p.m.
The $15 million bond was backed by 69 percent of voters in November, but LePage’s office says he’s holding it up to develop a plan around senior housing.
By Michael Shepherd on March 28, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
It’s nothing new: Welfare reform measures have died over similar divisions on penalties.
By Abigail Curtis on March 28, 2016, at 6:13 a.m.
Perhaps the only thing certain about the food sovereignty is its ability to generate passionate opinions in both supporters and opponents.
By Scott Thistle on March 27, 2016, at 3:11 p.m.
A long list of variations on the spelling of the F-bomb, now banned, as well as “HOTDAM,” “HOTS,” “IDIOT,” “IDIOTS” and “MCDUDU” could be approved under the law change.
By Christopher Cousins on March 27, 2016, at 11:21 a.m.
The Special Appropriations Table is where legislators decide which bills to fund. Some call it the place where good bills go to die.
By Kathleen Pierce on March 25, 2016, at 2 p.m.
People who want to require that all genetically modified food in Maine be labeled as such cheered a House vote Thursday on a bill that would let Maine voters decide the issue. But two major hurdles stand between the proposal and November’s ballot.
By Scott Thistle on March 25, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
Lawmakers split along party lines repeatedly Thursday as they debated and voted on a series of bills aimed at reforming Maine’s welfare system.
By Christopher Cousins on March 24, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has proposed a network of new county-run community substance abuse programs, along with creating a dedicated fund to support them.
By A.J. Higgins, MPBN on March 23, 2016, at 5:50 p.m.
Backers of the measure said failure to pass the bill would shift costs to local property taxpayers.