Maine Gov. Paul LePage hands out 5 more vetoes
Jun. 18, 2013
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed five more bills as lawmakers near the end of the 2013 legislative session.
The Republican governor handed out the vetoes Tuesday.
Among the bills is one that would have required the state's public charter schools to be run as nonprofit organizations. LePage said that the bill puts new constraints on charter schools, limiting students' educational choices.
LePage also vetoed a bill to provide a sales tax exemption for some equipment used in wood harvesting when the harvesting is done by a U.S. citizen. LePage said the measure is unconstitutional.
Another bill would have required insurers to respond in 24 hours to prior-authorization requests for prescription drugs. LePage said reducing the time frame from two business days to 24 hours would drive up consumers' costs.