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Gov to Veto Bill to Pay Maine Hospital Debt
05/23/2013 02:21 PM ET  

The Senate passed the bill by a 20-15 vote today and sent it to Gov. Paul LePage, who then signed a so-called veto message, launching the veto process.

Shortly after the Maine Senate gave final approval to a bill to pay off the state's $484 million in hospital debt and expand Medicaid, Gov. Paul LePage began the process of vetoing it.

The Senate passed the bill by a 20-15 vote today and sent it to Gov. Paul LePage, who then signed a so-called veto message, launching the veto process.

Democratic leaders urged Mainers to contact their legislators and ask them to override LePage's veto of the bill, which is expected to come up next Tuesday.

LePage and the Republicans strongly object to the part of the bill that expands Medicaid, saying that wasn't analyzed sufficiently and should be considered separately.

Democrats call paying the hospitals and expanding Medicaid to about 70,000 Mainers a win-win for the state.

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