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Maine raises legal age to buy tobacco to 21

Late Wednesday, the House and Senate voted to override the governor's veto of a bill to change the age you can buy tobacco products in Maine from 18 to 21. (WGME)

AUGUSTA, Maine (WGME) – At the State House Wednesday, lawmakers took up more than two dozen bills vetoed by the governor.

One bill sought to prohibit the use of handheld phones and other devices while driving.

The governor says he vetoed this bill because we already have a law against texting and driving.

The Senate voted to override, but the House sustained the governor's veto.

This will not become law. The bill's sponsor calls that a mistake.

Late Wednesday, the House and Senate voted to override the governor's veto of a bill to change the age you can buy tobacco products in Maine from 18 to 21. This bill will become law.

In his veto message, Gov. Paul LePage said he was concerned about losing tax revenue from cigarette sales, and also said he feels at 18 you are an adult capable of making decisions on your own.

Some lawmakers disagree.

Both the House and Senate did override a veto that will now expand access to opioid addiction treatment in Maine.

The governor opposed expanding the use of methadone, used to try and ween people off opioids, but lawmakers who voted to override that veto say they need any tools they can to fight the opioid crisis.

House Republicans also sided with the governor on a bill that would have required people with knowledge of a planned terrorist act to report it to law enforcement. The governor says in general, people are not required to report a crime.

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