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Maine Legislature's Special Session Enters Third Day

Maine Public

A number of high-profile bills remain unresolved as the Maine Legislature is approaching the end of its three day special session.

Lawmakers sent several proposals to Gov. Paul LePage, including a $41 million spending bill to provide funding to help the elderly and disabled, as well as people suffering from opioid use disorders.

A $35 million bill to fund the implementation of Medicaid expansion has also passed, but it faces a likely veto by LePage.

Still awaiting final approval is a $200 million slate of bond proposals that could fund transportation, wastewater and infrastructure projects, in addition to facility upgrades at Maine's higher education system.

Another proposed bill would release millions of dollars already budgeted for Maine's public campaign finance system by fixing a budget typo.

There may be a vote on a bill that would ask voters if they want to repeal the recreational marijuana law they approved two years ago. That vote, if it happens, would trigger a separate vote on a sweeping overhaul of Maine's medical marijuana program.

Journalist Steve Mistler is Maine Public’s chief politics and government correspondent. He is based at the State House.