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LePage Tells Panel He Wants Special Session on Drug Crisis

AUGUSTA, Maine - In an extraordinary appearance, Gov. Paul LePage appeared today before the Legislature's Appropriations Committee and told members he wants a special session to address the drug crisis facing the state.
 
"I am asking you right now to go back to the budget and give us the 10 people we should have, more DA's, more judges," LePage told the panel.

The governor answered several questions from lawmakers and said he believes the state is facing an unprecedented drug use and drug death crisis that warrants immediate action. He says the first step is bolstering law enforcement, but also told lawmakers he supports expansion of prevention and treatment programs.