Maine Senate sustains veto of school bill

11:27 AM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers have upheld the second veto of a bill by Gov. Paul LePage in two days.

The Senate on Wednesday sustained LePage's veto of a bill that sought to change the school budget approval process for school units known as alternative organizational structures. The vote was 23-12, just shy of the number needed to override the governor's veto.

LePage said he vetoed the bill because it "moves away from the ballot box" and toward special meetings, giving the school board more power over money matters.

On Tuesday, the House sustained LePage's veto of another school-related bill, which sought to allow school districts to hire superintendents without regard for whether they live within the district they will head.

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