LePage Lifts State of Civil Emergency 

Governor LePage lifted Maine’s state of civil emergency Friday.

He made the declaration during the 16-day partial government shutdown.

In a release Friday, the Governor thanked state employees for their patience.

A spokesperson for the Governor says his emergency authority was used as an administrative tool to manage potential impacts on state services and programs and to ensure an orderly transition back to normal government operations.

The authority allowed the Governor to lift the unemployment benefits work search requirement for federally funded state employees who were laid off as a result of the shutdown.