New laws address domestic violence, drug costs

July 15, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New efforts to address domestic violence and prescription drug costs are now law in Maine.

One new law extends the sunset date for Pine Tree Development Zone tax breaks. Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson credits the program for saving a paper mill in Madawaska.

Another law sponsored by GOP Assistant House Leader Ellie Espling directs $150,000 annually for three years to support batterers’ intervention programs.

Jackson sponsored a law to require drug manufacturers to sell drugs at or below wholesale cost.

Another new law sets a goal that by 2025, 20 percent of all food procured by Maine state institutions be local.

Several bills went into law without Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s signature this month. Most laws won’t go into effect until 90 days after the Legislature’s ongoing special session adjourns.

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