State House News
By Scott Thistle on April 15, 2016, at 5:02 p.m.
The Maine Legislature on Friday appeared poised to pass a pair of large bonding bills that would ask the state’s voters to borrow as much as $150 million in the next budget cycle.
By Staff Report, Sun Journal on April 15, 2016, at 3:59 p.m.
“This bill gives our law enforcement officers what they deserve.”
By Scott Thistle on April 14, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
The legislation provides tuition waivers for Guard members who are in good standing with their units and seeks to strengthen and modernize Maine’s Bureau of Veterans Services.
on April 14, 2016, at 10:01 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — On March 30, 2016, Maine Sen. David Burns welcomed members of Cub Scout Troop 139, Boy Scout Troop 139, and Venture Scout Troop 139 to the State House on March 30. All of the Scout troops are sponsored by the Cherryfield Congregational Church. Pictured, but not in order, are: Thomas Ray-Smith, …
By Michael Shepherd on April 13, 2016, at 5:29 p.m.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap won’t appeal a judge’s ruling overturning his decision to invalidate a marijuana legalization referendum.
By Scott Thistle on April 11, 2016, at 5:42 p.m.
A bill that would pump about $2.4 million to Maine’s county jails in 2016 easily cleared the House of Representatives.
on April 11, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Rep. Carol A. McElwee, R-Caribou, along with Bethany and Elizabeth Zell, gather before the Speaker of the House’s rostrum in the House of Representatives Chamber during the Zells’ visit on Wednesday, March 2. Bethany Zell, project director of Pink Aroostook and president of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, was among the …
By Christopher Cousins on April 11, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.
The Senate voted unanimously Monday morning against Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that extends the statute of limitations for wrongful death civil actions in homicide cases.
By Scott Thistle on April 08, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
An 11th-hour House Republican supplemental budget and conditions attached to it met strong opposition from Democrats in the Maine Legislature late Thursday.
By Christopher Cousins on April 07, 2016, at 9:49 p.m.
The bill would put the property donated to the federal government back in the original owner’s hands if the land was designated a national monument.
By Scott Thistle on April 07, 2016, at 8:56 p.m.
The Maine Freedom of Access Act requires elected officials, including the Legislature, to conduct the public’s business in public.
By Michael Shepherd on April 07, 2016, at 2:18 p.m.
The Maine Senate endorsed a bill on Thursday that would ban the purchase of lottery tickets, alcohol, tobacco and other items with cash assistance.
By Christopher Cousins on April 07, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
A superior court judge has upheld Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s decision to reject a citizen petition to create a casino in southern Maine.
By Michael Shepherd on April 06, 2016, at 7:39 p.m.
The Maine Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved Gov. Paul LePage’s bid to block the president’s authority to establish a national monument in Maine’s North Woods.
By Michael Shepherd on April 06, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
A legislative committee unanimously endorsed a bill on Wednesday that would safeguard Mainers with mental illnesses from cuts to services under a proposed rule change from Gov. Paul LePage’s administration.
By Christopher Cousins on April 06, 2016, at 11:11 a.m.
Voters in Maine could be asked whether they want to amend the Maine Human Rights Act of protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation if a new ballot initiative is successful.
By BDN Staff on April 05, 2016, at 9:42 p.m.
A compromise spending plan hashed out by legislative Democrats and Senate Republicans hit a wall Tuesday evening.
By Scott Thistle on April 05, 2016, at 3:09 p.m.
The working group was formed by the Legislature after the death of Cassidy Charette, a 17-year-old Oakland girl who died while riding on a wagon being towed behind a Jeep during a haunted hayride.
By Scott Thistle on April 05, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
Legislation designed to dramatically overhaul Maine’s tree growth property tax credit program fell largely on deaf ears Monday as lawmakers on the Taxation Committee unanimously rejected the proposal offered by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.
By Christopher Cousins on April 05, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Monday to direct DHHS to develop rules that comply with federal fingerprinting and background check laws for child care workers.