Maine’s two senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, split today on a failed and controversial Republican bill.

The Senate voted 51-48 to stop a Republican bill that would have allowed insurance companies to opt out of any health requirements they object to on moral grounds, including providing contraception to women.

Snowe, a Republican, voted to stop the bill — siding with Democrats — while Collins, also a Republican, voted to allow the bill to become law.

Read more about their decisions in reporter Jonathan Riskind’s “Maine on the Hill” blog.