AUGUSTA (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are pushing a bill that would let Maine school districts spend $29 million included unexpectedly in the state budget without voter approval.

The bill would let districts spend the extra money during the upcoming school year without holding referendums to allow voters to decide on the revised spending plans.

School boards would be allowed to hold special budget meetings instead.

Most school districts passed their budgets for the next school year before the Legislature enacted the $6.3 billion state budget last week.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reported that opponents of the bill say voters deserve a say in how the money is spent.

The last opportunity to pass the bill comes next Tuesday when lawmakers meet to decide whether to override Gov. Paul LePage’s vetoes.

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