Maine lawmakers return to Augusta to vote on 42 bills vetoed by Gov. LePage
AUGUSTA (WGME) – Lawmakers returned to the state house Monday to take up dozens of vetoes by the governor.
One of the biggest bills on the list is Medicaid expansion.
Voters approved expanding Medicaid to 70,000 Mainers in November of 2017, but the law hasn't been implemented yet, because Governor Paul LePage's administration and the Department of Health and Human Services have funding concerns.
The legislature did put forth a bill to fund it but Governor LePage vetoed it.
It's one of 42 bills Governor LePage vetoed and legislators will be back at the state house as they continue their special session.
Other vetoed bills include one that would expand opioid addictions treatment programs, fund county jails, and one that would increase reimbursement rates for Mainers with disabilities.
He also vetoed a bill that would create a substance abuse disorders cabinet.
The legislature's special session is continuing well into the summer at an expected cost of $40,000 per day to taxpayers.
There's no telling how many more days the special session will last. There are a lot of big issues that still need to be decided on.