AUGUSTA — The Legislature will reconvene Wednesday to take up about 20 bills that have been vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage, including a measure that would set up the regulatory framework for the sale of adult-use recreational marijuana.
Lawmakers may also try to complete work on a number of unfinished bills, including passing a law that provides over $1 billion in state funding for public education in the next fiscal year, which starts on July 1. However, there are partisan disputes over whether to resume legislative work or simply take up LePage’s vetoes.
To overturn a veto by the governor, a bill needs to receive at least two-thirds support from all those present and voting in both the House and in the Senate.
By law, the Legislature was supposed to adjourn April 17, but with unfinished business the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-majority House sought to extend the session by five days. However, the 70-member House Republican caucus, led by Minority Leader Ken Fredette of Newport, derailed that effort. Fredette and other House Republicans have said Democrats were bundling bills together,