The six bills, all sponsored by Democrats in the Legislature and passed unanimously, are:

  • LD 2: Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 252: Rules Governing Certification of Seed Potatoes in the State of Maine, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
  • LD 26: An Act to Authorize the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Change a Fishing Season Opening Date Statewide.
  • LD 32: An Act to Expand the Types of Vaccines That May Be Administered by Pharmacists.
  • LD 103: An Act to Correct an Inconsistency in Maine’s Apprenticeship Laws.
  • LD 112: An Act to Make Changes to the Educators for Maine Program.
  • LD 113: An Act to Make Changes to the Maine College Savings Program.

LePage’s decision not to sign any of the bills means one of the measures, LD 2, will take effect later than planned. The legislation passed the House and Senate as an emergency measure, meaning it could take effect immediately after LePage signed it into law. That measure, a change in state agriculture rules regarding the certification of seed potatoes, will instead take effect 90 days after legislators adjourn.

Two additional bills, An Act to Allow the Maine Potato Board to Have Access to Information Regarding the Potato Tax and An Act to Abolish the Trustees of Public Cemeteries for the City of Waterville, passed by the Legislature last week are awaiting action by LePage. The governor faces a March 26 deadline to sign or veto those bills or let them become law without his signature.


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