Friday, March 7, 2014
Three GOP state Senators wanted to come back for a vote to consider an override of Gov. Paul LePage's weekend vetoes.
The rest voted no, except Sen. David Hastings, R-Fryeburg, who could not be reached, according to the tally released by the Senate GOP.
Voting "yes" were Sen. Nichi Farnham of Bangor; Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta; and Sen. Tom Saviello of Wilton. The Maine Democratic Party released the list this afternoon, along with a press release accusing Maine Republican leaders of the "same partisan manuvering that's hurting Washington."
House Democrats have asked House Republicans to release their vote totals, but they have not yet been made public.
LePage vetoed some line items in the supplemental budget that deal with General Assistance. Republicans say they'll consider the issue in the next budget, which will come up for a vote by the full Legislature in May.
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