Updated 12:13 pm, Saturday, March 24, 2018
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Pharmaceutical companies, marijuana and casino groups and the state’s largest utility are among the top spenders on lobbying as Maine’s legislative session wraps up.
Maine lawmakers still have to make decisions on bills to allow recreational marijuana sales, address solar rules, increase transparency of prescription costs and allow tribal gaming. This year’s legislation session is set to end in mid-April.
The top spender on lobbying continues to be a California billionaire’s push for a crime victim’s bill of rights in Maine. His group’s spent $30,000 this year and $120,000 last year to lobby on such legislation, whose future is unclear.
Companies and groups from Central Maine Power to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America to Penn National Gaming have reported spending at least $1 million on lobbying this year, according to The Associated Press’s review of lobbying reports filed this month.
HEALTH COSTS TRANSPARENCY
Maine’s largest insurers and the nation’s largest pharmaceutical companies have been sparring for months on a bill to require