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Administration Faces New Question Over Open Meetings Law

AUGUSTA, Maine  - Gov. Paul LePage's administration is facing questions about whether it provided adequate notice for a public meeting - less than three weeks after paying $500 for violating Maine's open meetings law.

The Portland Press Herald reports that a special working group met Friday at the Department of Health and Human Services to devise a way to block point-of-sale purchases for items that are illegal to buy with certain welfare benefits.

But public notice went out just two days before it was to be held.

Brenda Kielty, an assistant attorney general, questioned whether two-day notice to the department's website equaled ample time.

A department official says he would schedule additional meetings if there were some who felt they were unable to attend because of the short notice.