Senate Votes to Override Bond Issue Veto
The Maine House has upheld Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to allow fraternal and veterans’ organizations to operate up to five slot machines each. Representatives voted 80-61 Thursday morning to override theveto, less than the two-thirds needed. Meanwhile, the Senate voted to override LePage’s veto of a $20million borrowing proposal for research and development, sending itto the House. Bond supporters said the proposal will create new jobs andspinoff economic activity. LePage says the bond lacks assurances ofnew jobs and tax revenues. Lawmakers are also deciding whether to override LePage’s vetoesof bills to limit the borrowing power of the Maine GovernmentalFacilities Authority and to address the teacher certificationprocess.