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Veto Day: 15 of 48 Overridden, LD 1811 and New Nursing Home Funding Bill Killed

Posted on May 1, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

(12 pm: BILLS UPDATED BELOW WITH VOTE TOTALS) Also marking down if veto sustained. Quite possibly one of the easiest and most comprehensive graphics for tracking the vetoes is on the Bangor Daily News site; their “State and Capitol” live updates are worth reading as well.

(4:45 pm: UPDATE x2) Senate at ease until 6:30; House until 7pm.

(6am 5/2: UPDATEx3) 14 of 48 vetoes overridden; Appropriations Committee worked until midnight on the 2 bills that Governor LePage sent them earlier on Thursday (reintroduction of LD 1811 and a new nursing homes funding bill. After coming to agreements on both, they learned that the governor intended to veto them due to the amendments. So AFA voted them out to the Legislature “ONTP” (Ought Not To Pass). Some time afterwards, the 126th Legislature voted the bills dead and declared the 126th session sine die.


Busy day ahead for the 126th Legislature: 48 vetoes to be dealt with (14 in Senate and 34 in House to start), reintroduction of LD 1811 and a brand new bill that doesn’t even have a designation in the calendars- let alone committee assignment, public hearing or work session. No word yet if the session will be extended past today. Links to watch or listen in are below.

  • Senate Video
  • Senate Audio
  • House Video
  • House Audio


    1. Yea 31 Nay 4, HOUSE: Yea 118 Nay 28 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 1827, “An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine Small Business and Job Creation”

    2. Yea 30 Nay 5, HOUSE: Yea 96 Nay 50 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1431, “An Act To Support School Nutrition and Expand the Local Foods Economy”

    3. Yea 27 Nay 8, HOUSE: Yea 126 Nay 21 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 1824, “An Act To Provide Additional Authority to the State Board of Corrections”

    4. Yea 30 Nay 5, HOUSE: Yea 115 Nay 32 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 347, “An Act To Amend Insurance Coverage for Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders”

    5. Yea 21 Nay 14 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1833, “An Act To Improve Workers’ Compensation Protection for Injured Workers Whose Employers Have Wrongfully Not Secured Workers’ Compensation Insurance”

    6. Yea 30 Nay 5, HOUSE: Yea 111 Nay 35 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 440, “An Act To Support Community Health Centers through Tax Credits for Dentists and Primary Care Professionals Practicing in Underserved Areas”

    7. Yea 20 Nay 15 (SUSTAINED)
    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”

    8. Yea 9 Nay 26 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1310, “An Act To Improve Access to Dental Care through the Establishment of the Maine Board of Oral Health”

    9. Yea 21 Nay 14 (SUSTAINED)
    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”

    10. Yea 19 Nay 16 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1641, “An Act To Amend the Workers’ Compensation Laws as They Pertain to Employee Representation”

    11. Yea 22 Nay 13 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1837, “An Act To Provide Former Employees of the Maine Military Authority the Ability To Sue for Severance Pay”

    12. Yea 20 Nay 15 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1750, “An Act To Amend the Maine Administrative Procedure Act and Clarify Wind Energy Laws”

    13. Yea 21 Nay 14 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1765, “An Act To Establish the Criminal Law Revision Commission”

    14. Yea 20 Nay 15 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1851, “An Act To Delay Implementation of the Maine Metallic Mineral Mining Act and Related Statutory Provisions”


    1. Yea 134 Nay 12; SENATE Yea 35 Nay 0 – VETO OVERRIDDEN.
    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″

    2. Yea 131 Nay 15, SENATE: Yea 21 Nay 14 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 297, “An Act To Require Forest Rangers To Be Trained in Order To Allow Them To Carry Firearms”

    3. Yea 114 Nay 32, SENATE: Yea 31 Nay 4 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 1043, “An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue and To Assist in the Creation of Jobs through Regional Economic Development”

    4. Yea 123 Nay 23, SENATE: Yea 28 Nay 7 (OVERRIDDEN)
    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. Yea 138 Nay 8, SENATE: Yea 20 Nay 15 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 933, “An Act To Establish a Separate Regulatory Board for Dental Hygienists”

    6. Yea 105 Nay 41, SENATE: Yea 20 Nay 14 Abs 1 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1719“An Act To Improve Education about and Awareness of Maine’s Health Laws and Resources”

    7. Yea 137 Nay 9, SENATE: Yea 35 Nay 0 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 1729“An Act To Increase the Period of Time for the Calculation of a Prior Conviction for Operating Under the Influence”

    8. Yea 98 Nay 48, SENATE: Yea 33 Nay 2 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 1600“An Act to Require Health Insurers to Provide Coverage for Human Leukocyte Antigen Testing to Establish Bone Marrow Donor Transplantation Suitability”

    9. Yea 94 Nay 52 (SUSTAINED)
    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”

    10.  Yea 82 Nay 64 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 38“Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 201: Provider of Last Resort Service Quality, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission”

    11. Yea 83 Nay 62 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1761“An Act To Ensure That Large Public Utility Reorganizations Advance the Economic Development and Information Access Goals of the State”

    12. Yea 113 Nay 33, SENATE: Yea 29 Nay 6 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 1806“An Act To Implement the Recommendations Contained in the State Government Evaluation Act Review of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System”

    13. Yea 96 Nay 50 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1816“An Act To Address Recommendations from the Report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Regarding the Public Utilities Commission”

    14. Yea 93 Nay 53 (SUSTAINED)
    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”

    15.  Yea 137 Nay 8, SENATE: Yea 21 Nay 14 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1821“An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee”

    16. Yea 134 Nay 12, SENATE: Yea 33 Nay 2 (OVERRIDDEN)
     LD 1479“An Act to Clarify Telecommunications Regulation Reform”

    17. Yea 124 Nay 22; SENATE: Yea 35 Nay 0 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 906“An Act to Permit a School Administrative Unit Discretion Concerning Participation of Students from Charter Schools in School Extracurricular and Interscholastic Activities”

    18. Yea 88 Nay 58 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1120“An Act To Improve Maine’s Tax Laws”

    19. Yea 96 Nay 51 (SUSTAINED)
     LD 1185“An Act to Enhance Efforts to Use Locally Produced Food in Schools”

    20.  Yea 133 Nay 14, SENATE: Yea 29 Nay 6 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 1194, “An Act to Protect Social Media Privacy in School and in the Workplace”

    21. Yea 92 Nay 53 (SUSTAINED)
     LD 1247, “An Act To Expand Coverage of Family Planning Services”

    22. Yea 91 Nay 54 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1345“A Resolve to Study the Design and Implementation of Options for a Universal Health Care Plan”

    23. Yea 104 Nay 42, SENATE: Yea 25 Nay 10 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 1463“A Resolve to Develop a Process for Tax Expenditure Review”

    24. Yea 93 Nay 54 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1593“A Resolve to Eliminate Financial Inequality in MaineCare Reimbursement for Community-based Behavioral Health Services”

    25. Yea 110 Nay 37, SENATE: Yea 20 Nay 15 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1757“A Resolve to Establish the Blue Ribbon Commission on Independent Living and Disability”

    26. Yea 94 Nay 53 (SUSTAINED)
    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”

    27. Yea 83 Nay 63 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1794“An Act To Cancel the No-bid Alexander Group Contract To Produce Savings in Fiscal Year 2013-14″

    28. Yea 94 Nay 53 (SUSTAINED)
    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”

    29. Yea 87 Nay 59 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1820“An Act To Reduce Abuse of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program through Restriction of Electronic Benefits Transfers”

    30. Yea 87 Nay 58 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 222“An Act Designating the Chief of the State Police as the Only Issuing Authority of a Permit To Carry a Concealed Handgun”

    31. Yea 128 Nay 16, SENATE: Yea 22 Nay 13 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1154“An Act To Establish the Maine Length of Service Award Program”

    32. Yea 94 Nay 53 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1578“An Act To Increase Health Security by Expanding Federally Funded Health Care for Maine People”

    33.  Yea 139 Nay 7, SENATE: Yea 24 Nay 11 (OVERRIDDEN)
    LD 1850“Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Strengthen the Adequacy and Equity of Certain Cost Components of the School Funding Formula”

    34. Yea 125 Nay 21, SENATE: Yea 21 Nay 14 (SUSTAINED)
    LD 1744“An Act To Protect Maine Lakes”



    1. LD 1811, “An Act To Appropriate and Allocate Funds To Strengthen the State’s Efforts To Investigate, Prosecute and Punish Persons Committing Drug Crimes”

    2. Press release (4/30/14) from Governor LePage’s office: Maine Nursing Homes Facing Closure, Elderly At Risk


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