Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Augustan: Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) report says mercury from broken compact fluorescent light bulbs may be more difficult to clean up than consumers and government agencies had previously thought.

The Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony regarding LD 1987, a bill that would allow wine to be shipped to Mainers' homes.

Dozens of senior citizens protested proposed budget cuts to home-based services for the elderly.

The Revenue Forecasting Committee confirmed the state will face a second $95 million budget shortfall.

PPH: Legislators should approve LD 1987, a bill that would allow wine to be shipped to Mainers' homes.

Loretta Settell: Proposed cuts to programs supporting foster parents are unconscionable.

Washington County Sheriff skeptical of discipline handed out to an agent for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

The Taxation Committee will hold a public hearing for LD 2192, a bill that would increase access to dental care in underserved areas by creating tax incentives for dentists who serve in those areas.

BDN: Lawmakers should approve LD 1957, a bill that would boost the population of alewives by opening a part of the St. Croix River along the border between Washington County and New Brunswick.

Robert Casimiro: Legislators should approve LD 209, a bill that would require proof of Maine residency before an applicant could secure a Maine driver's license.

Two bills regarding school consolidation--LRs 3490 and 3491--will be the focus of public hearings before the Education Committee today.

KJ: LD 1, a law passed in 2005, might not be able to deliver on its promise of increasing state aid to local schools to 55 percent.

Michael R. Deschaine: Guaranteed issue and community rating regulations for healthcare are slowly killing the individual insurance market.

- John C.L. Morgan

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