Representatives of numerous special interest groups were at the State House in A
Representatives of numerous special interest groups were at the State House in Augusta on June 18 hoping the Legislature would override some of the 22 bills Gov. Angus King had vetoed earlier. But only one bill was salvaged: an additional $100,000 a year in funding for the Meals on Wheels program. The rest of the vetoes were sustained on mostly party-line votes with Democrats favoring override, and Republicans standing behind the vetoes of $3.8 million in spending requests. Among the vetoed bills the Legislature failed to override were measures to fund services for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, increase the maximum workers' compensation benefit, assist students with disabilities in the transition to employment, and increase payments to foster parents by $50 a month. Before dealing with the vetoes, the House voted to kill a bill that would have extended term limits from eight to 12 years. The House had earlier passed the measure, but it failed in the Senate and had become increasingly more controversial, attracting a radio ad campaign in opposition from U.S. Term Limits.
Carpenter, Murray, "Representatives of numerous special interest groups were at the State House in A" (1999). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3633.
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