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Maine House Overrides LePage Veto of Food Bill
01/14/2014 03:18 PM ET  

Lawmakers in the House voted 94-46 in favor of the bill that aims to ensure state-funded institutions buy a percentage of their food from Maine producers.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's Democratic-controlled Legislature has voted to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto on a food bill.

Lawmakers voted 94-46 in favor of the bill that aims to ensure state-funded institutions buy a percentage of their food from Maine producers.

In his veto letter, LePage says the state is already required to purchase local food when able and that sometimes things like availability and cost prohibit them from doing so.

Democratic Rep. Craig Hickman of Winthrop, who sponsored the bill, says it will benefit Maine's economy by keeping money in the state and creating jobs.

The percentage required under the law will increase incrementally over the next 20 years and Democrats say it's required only if Maine food is competitively priced and available.

The Senate will now vote on the bill.


 

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