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Maine House OKs call center bill with softer penalties

AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers have advanced a bill that seeks to encourage companies to keep call centers in Maine by penalizing them if they relocate them overseas. In a 77-67 vote on Tuesday, the Democratic-led House approved an amended version that would soften the penalties proposed ...


LePage signs bill that allows East Millinocket mill sell more electricity

EAST MILLINOCKET — Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law a bill that would allow electricity sales to restore at least 200 jobs and re-energize a local paper mill, his spokeswoman said Tuesday. “This is a step in the right direction so that both parties can come to an agreement,...


USDA asks for plan on Maine EBT card photos

AUGUSTA — A federal agency is asking Gov. Paul LePage's administration to provide details on its efforts to pilot a new benefits card system that would include recipients' photos. The state uses electronic benefits transfer cards to dispense a variety of public assistance, including ... 5


Senate Dems OK bill banning welfare spending on tobacco, liquor, lottery

AUGUSTA — A surreal reversal in the Maine Senate on Monday saw majority Democrats advance a bill to ban the use of welfare dollars for alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, gambling and bail, while Republicans voted against the clampdown — despite having originally supported it. T... 1


Tax haven bill awaits funding approval in Legislature

AUGUSTA — A bill that's designed to prevent multinational corporations from avoiding paying state taxes by holding their profits in overseas tax havens is among many awaiting final approval in the Legislature due to funding. The Senate placed the bill Monday on the Appropriations Tab...


Turkish-American Day at Maine State House

Video and Photos: Humeyra Ozcan, of Manchester, N.H., works on a traditional form of Turkish painting during Turkish-American Day at the Maine State House in Augusta on Monday. The event was hosted by the Turkish Cultural Center of Maine.


Legislature rejects LePage's energy bill

AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers have rejected Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to use revenue generated from increased logging on public lands to help residents buy modern heating equipment. The Democratic-led House voted 89-53 on Friday in favor of killing the bill that would take $1 million i... 13


Abandoned-road bill fails in Maine House

AUGUSTA — The Maine House on Friday voted 92-50 to reject a bill that would have pushed towns to look closely at abandoned roads and rights of way. Battling landowners over rights and re...


Maine Republicans continue to push welfare reforms

Assistant House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe,D-Skowhegan, speaks with reporters at the State House on Friday after a rally by Republican lawmakers who favor a package of bills proposed by Gov. Paul LePage that seek to change Maine's welfare benefit system. 25


Maine House votes to override veto on health care price bill

AUGUSTA — Maine's House of Representatives has voted to overturn Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that makes changes to the law requiring health care providers to make available a price list of common procedures. The House voted 138-4 on Friday in favor of overriding the ...