Maine Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto
The Maine Legislature overrode Governor LePage's veto of the 2013-2015 budget, earlier today, Wednesday, June 26th.
The House voted 114-34 to override, while the Senate voted 26-9 to override. Two-thirds of each body needed to vote to override the Governor's veto, otherwise the veto would have been sustained.
Republican Senator Brian Langley, who represents Senate District 28, was the subject of intense lobbying yesterday, as Republicans sought to sustain the veto.
Langley's district includes the Hancock County communities of Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Central Hancock, Cranberry Isles, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Frenchboro, Gouldsboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Mount Desert, Sedgwick, Sorrento, Southwest Harbor, Stonington, Sullivan, Surry, Swans Island, Tremont, Trenton, and Winter Harbor. It also includes Knox County's Isle au Haut),
From the floor of the Senate, Langley said "This budget is ugly. We have no great options. We were briefed that we were voting for things we were diametrically opposed to,” he said. “My vote today is a statement of support for our Republican team on the Appropriations Committee. For what it’s worth, I’ve got your back.”
With the override of the veto, the budget for the State goes into effect on Monday, July 1st, and the potential shutdown of the State was averted.