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Maine Legislature Approves Bill That Revives Land Bonds

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill that revives $6.5 million in voter-approved Land for Maine's Future conservation bonds is heading to the desk of Gov. Paul LePage.

The Maine Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to give final approval to the bill, following the unanimous approval by the House on Tuesday.

The bill revives $6.5 million conservation bonds that expired last year after the governor refused to sign them. LePage has been sitting on the bonds, trying to use them as political leverage with lawmakers as he pushed to increase timber harvesting on state lands to pay for a program to help low-income and elderly Mainers convert to alternate heating systems.

LePage has 10 days to sign the bill into law, veto it, or let it pass into law without his signature.