Politics

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate has given its initial approval to a bill to ban single-use plastic bags.
The Senate voted 24-11 Tuesday to ban single-use plastic bags statewide. The House voted 91-52 Thursday last week.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's coastal communities will have more resources to prepare for rising sea levels under a new law in the state.

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When Amy Bagley Lake and her two children were killed by her estranged husband when he was out on bail in 2011 in Dexter, friends, family, coworkers and people across Maine dedicated themselves to trying to prevent such a tragedy from happening to others.

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Maine legislators are still working to come to an agreement on the state budget. The budget-writing appropriations committee worked through the weekend to try and resolve differences between Republicans and Democrats.

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Portland's City Council is looking at new development restrictions to the city's commercial waterfront in response to fishermen's fears that they are being crowded out by the city's rapid development.

A bill to allow terminally ill Mainers to end their own lives won final passage in the House on Monday, on a 73-72 vote.

The House passed a bill on Monday directing the attorney general to investigate whether any Maine public university is infringing on students’ free speech rights. That is different from the original bill, which mandated universities not have policies that infringe on basic free speech rights.

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It's been more than a year since then-Republican Gov. Paul LePage dropped his opposition to signs on Interstate 95 and state roads directing motorists to the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in northern Maine. Progress has been slow but the signs will be installed this summer.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Republican senator wants the federal government to offer rewards to people who provide information against illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching.

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 Senior Editor Keith Shorthall to touch on potential fractures in the Republican Party that emerged this week and perhaps answer one of Maine's biggest political questions of the year.

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Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she is dismayed by the early start and extreme negativity of the campaign against her, even though she has not decided whether to seek re-election.

CONCORD, N.H. - The push to legalize recreational use of marijuana has suffered a setback in New Hampshire.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Law enforcement officers would be allowed to wear veterans insignia under a proposal that has been approved by the Maine Legislature.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press/file

Maine took another step toward joining a handful of states that ban single-use plastic bags following a 91-52 vote in the House of Representatives Thursday.

A bill joining Maine with states seeking to elect presidents by popular vote hit a roadblock in the Legislature Thursday.

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