AUGUSTA — A published report is prompting Gov. Paul LePage to submit a bill calling for more financial disclosures from public officials.

The bill would require legislators, executive branch officials and constitutional officers to report whether they or family members who hold executive or management-level positions outside of state government were paid more than $1,000 by the state.

The bill is prompted by a recent report by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, which said that between 2003 and 2010 the state paid nearly $235 million to organizations run by state officials or their spouses.

LePage says it’s reasonable to ask elected leaders to disclose who is paying them.

His bill is sponsored by the two legislative presiding officers, Senate President Kevin Raye and House Speaker Robert Nutting, both Republicans.


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