AUGUSTA — A bill authorizing the state to take over a northern Maine landfill in hopes of preserving paper mill jobs is winning approval in the State House.

The Maine Senate today approved by a 34-1 vote a bill authorizing the state to purchase the Dolby Landfill in East Millinocket and see that it continues operations. The House on Wednesday also approved the bill, which still faces final votes.

Supporters say passage will forestall a sale of paper-making machines at the Katahdin Paper mill in hopes of preserving jobs there. The landfill bill’s passage is also seen as a necessary step toward continued discussions on the mill’s possible sale.

An opponent, Sen. Cynthia Dill of Cape Elizabeth, calls the proposal “corporate blackmail” and a bad deal for the state.