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Maine Lawmakers Return To State House To Consider Bonds, Taxes And More

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Robert F. Bukaty
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Associated Press
State Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, foreground, looks up at the results of a vote in the House Chamber, Wednesday, May 5, 2018, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.

Lawmakers are back in Augusta as their special session continues, and the work continues to mount.

Lawmakers have yet to complete votes on several bond proposals that would go to the voters in November, even as they grapple with Gov. LePage’s refusal to sign off on the sale of already-approved borrowing that is needed to fund ongoing road and bridge projects.

Other issues, like tax conformity and bills dealing with marijuana, continue to be debated and await further votes. The annual Errors Bill, aimed at correcting mistakes made in earlier legislative sessions, is also awaiting votes.

The Legislature last week passed two spending deals worth over $67 million. The deals address the opioid crisis, struggling nursing homes, lead abatement, county jails and individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism.

Lawmakers passed a $31 million bill using surplus funds for voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

Pending legislation proposes directing surplus funds into Maine's rainy day fund.

Updated 11:57 a.m.