Politics

Gov. Janet Mills Wednesday vetoed two bills aimed at establishing more stringent standards for the approval of electric transmission lines. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine could collect data on how ballot campaign groups pay for petition signatures under a bill facing Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed into law a contentious bill that will allow some terminally ill patients to request life-ending medication.

Maine could allow the sale of non-prescription drugs in vending machines under a bill sitting on the Democratic governor's desk.

Maine could join at least 17 states that automatically register voters.

White House Asserts Executive Privilege In Census Fight

Jun 12, 2019
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege over documents that were subpoenaed by Congress related to the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public File

By just a three-vote margin, the Maine House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would allow cities and towns to impose a local tax on meals and lodging.

The Maine Senate unanimously passed four bills aimed at lowering prescription drug prices on Tuesday.

DOJ Supports Lawsuit Demanding Religious Tuition Payments

Jun 11, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine - The U.S. Department of Justice is backing families who are suing to force the state of Maine to pay tuition for some students to attend religious high schools.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers have passed a "Student Loan Bill of Rights" aiming to protect borrowers.

Julio Cortez / Associated Press

Maine’s largest medical marijuana dispensary and a New York-based investment firm say they’re prepared to sue the state if there aren’t changes to a group of proposed rules designed to make sure businesses in the adult-use market are owned by Maine residents.

Mainers To Have Say Monday About Recreational Marijuana Rules

Jun 10, 2019
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Maine’s Veterans and Legal Affairs committee has scheduled a public hearing Monday on rules for recreational marijuana sales and oversight.

Rebecca Conley

It’s Friday and time for Maine's Political Pulse, a weekly roundup of the latest news from Augusta and Washington.

Political reporters Mal Leary and Steve Mistler joined News Director Mark Simpson to discuss Gov. Janet Mills' budget and the Democratic Party's standing in the Maine Legislature.

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Mal Leary / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills has signed into law a measure declaring the "Ballad of the 20th Maine" as the official state ballad.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Democratic governor has signed what supporters call one of the strictest online privacy proposals in the country.
 

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