Politics

Maine legislators have expanded a law that aimed to improve notification of investigations into teachers accused of wrongdoing.

BOSTON - A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Maine's former Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a lawsuit accusing him of abuse of power.

The first regular session of the legislature is over but legislators left Augusta without acting on a whole host of issues. Maine Public Senior Political Correspondent Mal Leary spoke with Nora Flaherty on All Things Considered about what did and did not get done.

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Maine lawmakers have adjourned the regular session without sending any public improvement bond requests to the voters. Gov. Janet Mills says she might call the Legislature back into a special session this year. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Republican lawmaker had an outburst on the floor of the Maine House, calling the speaker a "weasel" before being walked out of the chamber by his colleagues.

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Two big changes could shake up Maine's election process in the 2020 presidential race, following key votes by the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

PORTLAND, Maine - The city of South Portland is lending a hand to neighboring Portland, which is dealing with an influx of hundreds of asylum seekers from African nations.

The Maine Legislature has sent a $688 million highway budget to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

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Portland officials are currently working to accommodate an influx of more than 200 asylum seekers to the area.  The sudden arrival of new immigrants prompts the question, "Why is this happening now?"

Pot, Guns, Sports Betting On Agenda For Lawmakers' Last Day

Jun 19, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are set to finish up their 2019 legislative session and tidy up work on marijuana sales, gun control and online sports betting bills.

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There are hundreds of bills introduced the first session of the Maine legislature, but there's only one that must be passed: the two year state budget. Ed Morin spoke with Maine Public Senior Political correspondent Mal Leary about the budget.

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The Portland City Council has chosen a site in Riverton - on the city's outskirts - for a new homeless shelter. The location will be a 150-bed replacement for Portland's over-flowing Oxford Street shelter.

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Gov. Janet Mills praised the bipartisan budget as one that addresses crucial needs of the state like property tax relief, increased funding for education, money to pay for expanded health care for the poor and investments in the state’s future.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's House is now opposing a proposal to join states pledging to award Electoral College tallies to the national popular vote winner in presidential elections.

LEWISTON, Maine - Dozens of miles of railroad track will be modernized in Maine due to an investment by the federal government.

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