Secretary of State Charles Summers announced today that enough valid signatures have been submitted to place â€œAn Act To Allow Marriage Licenses for Same-sex Couples and Protect Religious Freedomâ€ before the Maine State Legislature.After a review, it was determined that 85,216 of the 96,137 signatures submitted on the petition are valid, well beyond the minimum of 57,277 signatures required by January 30, 2012.If the Legislature does not approve the measure without change, it will appear as a ballot question on the November 6, 2012 Referendum Election ballot, allowing Maine voters to determine its passage.Anyone challenging the decision of the Secretary of State must file an appeal in Superior Court within ten days.
Organizers of a month-long food drive hope to help fill the shelves of pantries in Hancock County.The event is actually a collection of food drives, which can be set up at work places, schools, community centers and the like.It starts Wednesday, February 28th and runs through the end of March.
Bangor Democrats will kick off their campaign season this weekend.Their caucus begins at one Sunday afternoon at the Bangor Civic Center.The presidential poll will be conducted and delegates will be picked to go to the state convention in June.Folks not currently registered as voters, or registered but not enrolled in a party, can register and enroll at the caucus.
Basic household items are things many take for granted.But for folks transitioning from the Bangor Homeless Shelter into their own homes, it can be daunting to come up with the necessities.A local group called “Welcome to Housing” wants to help.This weekend you’ll find members outside Mardens in Brewer collecting household items, anything from pots and pans to bedding and personal care items.”If you think how tight money can be for somebody that’s just starting out all over again they might not have a job, they might not be getting a social security check right away.
The same week Governor LePage introduced a bill addressing domestic violence, he paid a visit to an organization that deals with the issue every day.During his Capitol for a Day event in Somerset County on Thursday, LePage stopped by the Family Violence Project in Skowhegan.The staff was excited to show him the work they do in advocacy and prevention.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Bangor Police Lieutenant Tim Reid briefed a room of reporters from both local and Orlando-based media affiliates on the disappearance of Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo.31-year-old Perdomo was last seen in Bangor the night of February 16th.
About 180 workers at the Hampden Mail Processing facility could be out of a job.The United States Postal Service announced Thursday it will consolidate the facility with one in Scarborough.USPS Chief Operating Officer, Megan Brennan, said the merger is necessary if the Postal Service is to remain viable.According to spokesman, Tom Rizzo, no consolidation or closing of any postal facility will happen before May 15.The postal service has said the consolidation will save them $8 million a year, but state officials are criticizing the move.Senator Susan Collins called the move an ill-conceived plan that will lead to delivery delays and jobs lost, while Senator Olympia Snowe said the facility is a lifeline for families and businesses across the state and is astounded by the decision.
The state Senate approved a bill to balance the state budget for the present fiscal year.The Senate voted 27 to 8 Thursday morning in favor of the plan, following a deal over a veterans’ benefits issue which troubled some democrats.In December, the Governor proposed taking away health care from 65,000 Mainers to make up for a $220 million shortfall over the next two years in the Department of Health and Human Services.Under the budget passed Thursday, cuts will only affect about only 14,000 people who get healthcare through the state.
A bill to authorize payments to people who report MaineCare fraud will get closer legislative committee scrutiny next week.On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee heard from a number of groups and individuals who praised the idea as a potential money maker for the state, and others who found the idea of bounties distasteful.Lincoln Republican Rep.
A price-monitoring website is warning Maine motorists that gasoline prices could rise sharply during the next few days and through the weekend in Maine.GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan says he expects stations to increase prices from 5 to 20 cents per gallon by the end of the weekend.DeHaan says a refinery fire in Washington state is boosting prices significantly throughout the entire West Coast, and prices in the Great Lakes area rose 30-45 cents per gallon Wednesday in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.
It appears the Hampden mail processing facility will be consolidated with Scarborough.Senator Susan Collins said postal workers heard the news Wednesday night.TV-5 talked to postal service spokesman Tom Rizzo, who said they are unable to confirm anything at this time.”The postal service has a responsibility to directly notify its employees and stake holders prior to any public release of a study result,” says Rizzo.According to Rizzo, a public announcement will be made near the end of the month and no consolidation or closing of any postal facility will happen before May 15th.The postal service has said the consolidation will save them $8,000,000 a year.We’re told about 180 people work at the Hampden facility, and while some positions would be created in scarborough, more than 40 would be eliminated.