LePage Veto Stands; Tanning Legislation Faces Similar Fate

Updated 2 years ago

Governor LePage’s first veto of this year will stand, but just barely.After the Maine House voted overwhelmingly, 136-6, to override the LePage veto, the effort fell one vote short in the Senate.The bill would have required government agencies and businesses to comply with payment agreements they have set up with county registries of deeds.Democrats are upset, saying the bill was simply a housecleaning measure that won unanimous committee support. “We should respect the work of the committee. We should make commerce easier to go forward in this state. That’s what this bill does. I would encourage all of us to override this veto,” said Senator Seth Goodall, as he tried unsuccessfully to persuade his Republican colleagues in the Senate.”Quite frankly I think our caucus decided we were going to support the governor in this,” said Senate Republican Leader Mike Thibodeau of Winterport. “This bill was really of little consequence. We wanted to show the governor we were supporting that position.” Assistant House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, a Skowhegan Democrat said LePage is sending some sort of a convoluted message with his veto power. “It seems that the governor seems to misunderstand and really just not be clear on what the legislature is doing for work or understand the bills that land on his desk. It seems the Senate wants to back up that sort of do nothing politics,” McCabe said. Some House Republicans are also unhappy, saying lawmakers need to support the work of the committees. “The message from me is that we need to continue to work together,” said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette, who voted to override the governor’s veto in the House. “We need to respect the committee work that needs to get done in a bipartisan fashion. And we need to work together both the house and the senate and the governor so that we get the work done of the people of the state of Maine.”Another bill may face the same fate. Wednesday, the Maine Senate approved a bill to ban anyone under eighteen from using a tanning bed. The House previously voted in favor of it.The measure now goes to the governor where Thibodeau says the governor plans to veto this bill too. “I actually have had an opportunity to discuss that with the governor and I think we’ll have another opportunity to vote on that bill,” Thibodeau said Wednesday. “My guess is parents are still going to be able to make e decision in the state of Maine as to whether their children go in to tan.”The certainty of another LePage veto is irksome to Democrats who point out the bill did have some Republican support in the House. “There were Republicans that came on in the House to support that,” McCabe said. “I guess it doesn’t really surprise me any of the governors behavior at this point. It’s slightly erratic and bizarre but if he wants to veto things that’s fine.”The future for the tanning legislation is bleak as the majority of the Republicans in the House and Senate are united in their opposition to it.They say the decision to let teen-agers go tanning lies with the parents not the government.


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