AUGUSTA – The 128th Legislature adjourned Thursday but not before upholding Gov. Paul LePage’s final veto.
During the past eight years, LePage has vetoed more laws than any previous Maine governor. Earlier this week, he put the veto stamp on a bill to provide nearly $300,000 to help pay for the November election.
“The bill was an appropriation request from the secretary of state in order to pay our election costs that are larger than expected because of the ballot layout,” Rep. Louie Luchini, D-Ellsworth, said.
However, the House of Representatives sustained LePage’s veto so that vendor will have to wait until next year to get paid.
“So we’re under a state contract. Bill is due. And so we have to pay the bill. If we aren’t able to pass the bill, we’ll just have to pay the bill with a late fee,” Luchini said.
In his veto letter to the Legislature, the governor said the election funding bill was “the embodiment of bad governance.”
Many lawmakers in the House of Representatives and the Senate will not be returning for the 129th Legislature.
Some will be defeated at the polls as they seek re-election and others will be unable to seek another term due to term limits.
A new legislature will take the oath of office in December.