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Maine Lawmakers Back to Consider Dozens of Vetoed Bills
05/01/2014 10:22 AM ET  

The Democratic-led Legislature will take up 48 vetoed bills on Thursday, including measures to overhaul the state's gun permit system and to increase penalties for repeated drunken-driving offenders.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Lawmakers are back in Augusta to consider dozens of bills vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage since they wrapped up their work for the session last month.

The Democratic-led Legislature will take up 48 vetoed bills on Thursday, including measures to overhaul the state's gun permit system and to increase penalties for repeated drunken-driving offenders.

They'll also take up bills to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law. Another bill would close a $32 million gap in the $6.3 billion state budget and move hundreds of developmentally disabled residents off a waitlist for services.

Bills require two-thirds support of present-and-voting lawmakers to override LePage's veto.

LePage has vetoed 181 bills since taking office in 2011, more than any other Maine governor in recent history.


 

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