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Trust Issues Between Republicans and Democrats in The Legislature Prolong Decisions on LePage Vetoes

The legislature is back in session, but whether they will extend the session to consider dozens of bills is uncertain.

Lawmakers dealt with twenty vetoes from Governor LePage in a few hours, overriding some and sustaining others. But then the House stalled over extending the session to consider a number of bills still before lawmakers.

House Speaker Sarah Gideon offered a four-day extension, and an attempt to reduce that to a single day failed, and now further votes are expected.

It was clear from floor comments that there is a trust issue between Republicans and Democrats. There are some big issues unresolved like school funding, Medicaid expansion and funding for direct care workers.

If lawmakers do not extend the session by midnight, this session of the legislature ends with a lot of issues unresolved.

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.