Senate sends five bills to Maine governor

7:15 PM, Mar 7, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Bills are starting to stack up on the desk of Gov. Paul LePage, who's threatened to veto any bills passed by the Legislature before his proposal to pay a $484 million hospital debt is passed.

The Senate on Thursday sent the Republican governor five bills, which address such issues as fishing season dates, vaccines given by pharmacists, and the Maine College Savings Program. The governor must sign or veto bills sent to him within 10 days, except Sundays, or they become law without his signature.

LePage wants the state to pay its Medicaid debt to hospitals with money raised from restructuring the state's liquor contract.

Democrats say the issues of the hospital debt and liquor contract should be separate, and that they want to address the hospital debt.

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