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Military Recruiter Bill Fails in Maine House
07/11/2013 10:22 AM ET  

A bill to require Maine schools to adopt policies allowing uniformed military recruiters the same access to meet with students as other career recruiters has died in the state House.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The bill failed in the Democratic-controlled House Tuesday night, effectively killing it as lawmakers adjourned early Wednesday morning.

Republicans who supported the bill pointed to instances where military recruiters were limited from meeting with students or not allowed to wear their uniforms in schools.

The bill was introduced on behalf of Gov. Paul LePage. In a statement, LePage called it a "disgrace'' to deny "American heroes in uniform the opportunity to speak with Maine students.''

Some Democrats said the bill was unnecessary because there is no factual evidence that it's a problem in Maine schools.



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