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May 1 aka “Veto Day” Score Card: 30, no, 46, wait- 48- And Counting

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UPDATE x2: 15 vetoes on Friday became 30 on Monday, then became 46 on Tuesday as Paul LePage’s veto spree continues with no end in sight.

Wednesday: Now at 48 with LDs 1043 and 1744 added so far.


lepage sots angry selfGovernor Paul LePage held true to his vow during last weekend’s GOP Convention in Bangor regarding vetoes and added 15 new ones to the existing stack of 15 previous ones for the 126th Legislature to wade through when they reconvene on Thursday. Here is the list so far; no doubt that this list will be updated as more are thrown back to legislators.

So far, LePage has vetoed 163 bills. The previous high water mark was Jim Longley’s 118.


1. LD 38, “Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 201: Provider of Last Resort Service Quality, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission”

2. LD 1431, “An Act To Support School Nutrition and Expand the Local Foods Economy”

3. LD 1719, “An Act To Improve Education about and Awareness of Maine’s Health Laws and Resources”

4. LD 1747, “Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 180: Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth Systems, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education”

5. LD 1761, “An Act To Ensure That Large Public Utility Reorganizations Advance the Economic Development and Information Access Goals of the State”

6. LD 1806, “An Act To Implement the Recommendations Contained in the State Government Evaluation Act Review of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System”

7. LD 1816, “An Act To Address Recommendations from the Report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Regarding the Public Utilities Commission”

8. LD 1820, “An Act To Reduce Abuse of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program through Restriction of Electronic Benefits Transfers”

9. LD 1851, “An Act To Delay Implementation of the Maine Metallic Mineral Mining Act and Related Statutory Provisions”

10. LD 1829, “An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Report Annually on Investigations and Prosecutions of False Claims Made under the MaineCare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Food Supplement Programs”

11. LD 1821, “An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee”

Paul LePage12. LD 1809, “An Act Concerning Meetings of Boards of Trustees and Governing Bodies of Quasi-municipal Corporations and Districts That Provide Water, Sewer and Sanitary Services”

13. LD 1479, “An Act to Clarify Telecommunications Regulation Reform”

14. LD 1858, “An Act to Achieve the Savings Required under Part F of the Biennial Budget and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law for Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015”

15. LD 1468, “Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Study the Potential Benefits and Barriers Involved in Making Renewable Thermal Technologies Eligible for Qualification in Maine’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard”

16. LD 1120, “An Act To Improve Maine’s Tax Laws”

17. LD 1247, “An Act To Expand Coverage of Family Planning Services”

18. LD 1772, “Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 200: Metallic Mineral Exploration, Advanced Exploration and Mining, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection”

19. LD 1794, “An Act To Cancel the No-bid Alexander Group Contract To Produce Savings in Fiscal Year 2013-14”

20. LD 1641, “An Act To Amend the Workers’ Compensation Laws as They Pertain to Employee Representation”

21. LD 1729, “An Act To Increase the Period of Time for the Calculation of a Prior Conviction for Operating Under the Influence”

22. LD 347, “An Act To Amend Insurance Coverage for Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders”

23. LD 906, “An Act to Permit a School Administrative Unit Discretion Concerning Participation of Students from Charter Schools in School Extracurricular and Interscholastic Activities”

24. LD 1600, “An Act to Require Health Insurers to Provide Coverage for Human Leukocyte Antigen Testing to Establish Bone Marrow Donor Transplantation Suitability”

25. LD 1463, “A Resolve to Develop a Process for Tax Expenditure Review”

26. LD 1194, “An Act to Protect Social Media Privacy in School and in the Workplace”

27. LD 1593, “A Resolve to Eliminate Financial Inequality in MaineCare Reimbursement for Community-based Behavioral Health Services”

28. LD 1345, “A Resolve to Study the Design and Implementation of Options for a Universal Health Care Plan”

29. LD 1185, “An Act to Enhance Efforts to Use Locally Produced Food in Schools”

30. LD 1757, “A Resolve to Establish the Blue Ribbon Commission on Independent Living and Disability”

31. LD 1578, “An Act To Increase Health Security by Expanding Federally Funded Health Care for Maine People”

32. LD 222, “An Act Designating the Chief of the State Police as the Only Issuing Authority of a Permit To Carry a Concealed Handgun”

33. LD 1750, “An Act To Amend the Maine Administrative Procedure Act and Clarify Wind Energy Laws”

34. LD 1640, “An Act To Enhance the Stability and Predictability of Health Care Costs for Returning Veterans and Others by Addressing the Issues Associated with Hospital Charity Care and Bad Debt”

35. LD 1827, “An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine Small Business and Job Creation”

36. LD 1837, “An Act To Provide Former Employees of the Maine Military Authority the Ability To Sue for Severance Pay”

37. LD 444, “An Act To Improve Workers’ Compensation Coverage for All Injured Workers”

38. LD 1367, “An Act To Require Health Insurance Carriers and the MaineCare Program To Cover the Cost of Transition Services To Bridge the Gap between High School and Independence”

39. LD 297, “An Act To Require Forest Rangers To Be Trained in Order To Allow Them To Carry Firearms”

40. LD 1824, “An Act To Provide Additional Authority to the State Board of Corrections”

41. LD 440, “An Act To Support Community Health Centers through Tax Credits for Dentists and Primary Care Professionals Practicing in Underserved Areas”

42. LD 933, “An Act To Establish a Separate Regulatory Board for Dental Hygienists”

43. LD 1154, “An Act To Establish the Maine Length of Service Award Program”

44. LD 1310, “An Act To Improve Access to Dental Care through the Establishment of the Maine Board of Oral Health”

45. LD 1850, “Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Strengthen the Adequacy and Equity of Certain Cost Components of the School Funding Formula”

46. LD 1765, “An Act To Establish the Criminal Law Revision Commission”

47. LD 1043, “An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue and To Assist in the Creation of Jobs through Regional Economic Development”

48. LD 1744, “An Act To Protect Maine Lakes”

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