Governor Sends 65 Vetoes to Legislature for Consideration
July 16, 2015
For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 16
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA – On Thursday morning, as the 127th Legislature reconvened after its adjournment, Governor Paul R. LePage delivered 65 veto messages to the House and Senate for consideration. A link to all these veto messages is below.
Since the adjournment of the Legislature on June 30 per a joint order, the bills have been in the possession of the Office of the Governor. Today the Legislature is back for the first time since its adjournment, making it the first opportunity for Governor LePage to return bills to legislators.
The State of Maine Constitution mandates the governor has 10 days to act on bills if lawmakers are in session. However, if the Legislature has adjourned, and their adjournment prevents the return of the bills, the governor is not required to take action until the Legislature reconvenes for three consecutive days. In the interest of expediency, the Governor chose not to use all of the time to act that he is entitled to under the Constitution.
In addition to the 65 veto messages, Governor LePage wrote to leadership requesting action on the bills. If they fail to act, he also asked for justification of their inaction.
Governor LePage is prepared to request an advisory opinion of the Justices of the Maine Supreme Court if the Legislature neglects to take up the vetoes delivered Thursday morning.