Maine Gov. Paul LePage breaks veto record

10:47 AM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed more bills this year than any other Maine governor in recent history - and the session isn't over yet.

LePage has vetoed 57 bills so far this session, recently surpassing Independent Gov. James Longley who vetoed 49 bills in 1977.

Since 1975, no other governor has vetoed as many bills in a single session, according to information from the Maine's Law and Legislative Reference Library. Veto statistics for governors prior to 1975 were not immediately available.

LePage's vetoes this session have ranged from the $6.3 billion, two-year state budget to a bill designed to encourage background checks on the sale of firearms.

Lawmakers are expected to return to the Capitol on Tuesday for another day primarily dedicated to overriding LePage's vetoes.

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