Maine Lawmakers Pass Pot Law, Delay Voting Law
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican and Democratic lawmakers have voted to delay a new voting system and to rewrite the state's recreational marijuana law.
The House voted 81-50 on a final vote on a rewrite of the voter-approved marijuana law. The Legislature's Monday votes are not enough to withstand vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage.
The bills now head to the Republican governor's desk for consideration.
The House voted 68-63 on Monday to delay until 2021 the voter-approved ranked-choice voting law that Maine Supreme Judicial Court justices warn may be unconstitutional for some elections. In 2021, the voting law would be eliminated unless Mainers change the Maine Constitution to explicitly allow the voting system.
The legislation received a 19-10 enactment vote in the Senate.