Maine’s 128th Legislature Arrive in Augusta for Swearing-In
The newly elected members of Maine's legislature are traveling to Augusta to be sworn in. The session officially convenes today (Dec 7).
November's election left the Legislature increasingly divided, and GOP Gov. Paul LePage and the Democrats' nominated House Speaker Sara Gideon are already at odds over oversight of a proposed mental health facility.
LePage sent letters to Republican and Democratic legislators saying he would sign their election certification, but added he doesn't trust the election results.
Republicans maintain narrow control of the Senate with 18 seats, while Democrats have 17 seats.
Democrats lost a few seats in the House of Representatives, where they have 77 seats compared with Republicans' 72 seats. Two House members are Independents. —AUGUSTA, Maine (AP)