June 17, 2013

Maine lawmakers uphold LePage veto on five bills

The measures cover topics including timber harvesting and the licensing of recreational therapists.

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers have failed to get the two-thirds majority needed to override five vetoes from Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

One measure considered Monday would have barred the state from contracting for timber harvesting on land under its management if the contractor employs foreign workers for logging. LePage called the measure unconstitutional in his veto letter.

Another bill would have directed the state to consider establishing a new license for recreational therapists. LePage says he's against more licensing and regulation.

Another bill would allow student loans to be forgiven for neurology-psychiatry practitioners. LePage says the bill was designed to help one person, which lawmakers shouldn't "undertake lightly."

The House upheld vetoes on two bills to create work groups concerning hospital charity care and requirements for nursing home administrator licenses.

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