AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s Democratic-controlled Senate voted to override a veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage on a measure that aims to provide free lunches to more low-income children during the summer months.
The bill approved on a 25-10 vote Tuesday requires schools with a majority of the students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches to operate a summer food services program if they hold activities like summer school.
Veto override votes require the support of two-thirds lawmakers present and voting.
In his veto letter, LePage called the bill an “irresponsible unfunded mandate” by directing schools to implement a program without providing funding.
Democratic Sen. Justin Alfond, sponsor of the measure, says hunger is among the most severe roadblocks to learning.
The bill now heads to the House for another vote.