Line-item veto may bring Maine lawmakers back

4:27 PM, Apr 16, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers may be returning to Augusta sooner than expected to deal with line-item vetoes issued by Gov. Paul LePage.

Lawmakers last week recessed until May 15, when they'll return to complete business for the year. But on Saturday, LePage used his line-item veto power to rub out two portions on the Maine budget balancing bill that was sent to him.

Lawmakers have five days to act on those vetoes. The Maine Constitution says a majority of all the elected members in each House is sufficient to override the line-item veto.

But first, lawmakers must decide whether they want to return to take up the matter.

As far as the Democrats are concerned, the answer will be yes, says the party's leader in the House, Rep. Emily Cain of Orono.

 

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