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Things You Need to Know: LePage Moving Ahead with Promise to Ban Nips

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Gov LePage is moving ahead with his promise to push the sale of nip bottles. WCSH reports Liquor and Lottery Commission has issued a public that July 11 it will consider the LePage administration’s plan to de-list the bottles from sale in Maine. Lawmakers voted to override LePage’s veto of the bill to add a bottle deposit to the little alcohol bottles.

Yesterday was a voting day in Maine and voter turnout was fairly light. Centralmaine.com reports Winthrop and RSU 9 were among the communities rejecting their school budgets, China residents approved an ordinance banning retail marijuana businesses among the results.

The Maine House voted to restore the tip credit to the state’s minimum wage law. According to centralmaine.com this repealed part of a ballot question approved by voters that increased Maine’s minimum wage and eliminated the tip credit.

From the Associated Press:

Officials are investigating a number of cars being set on fire and vandalized in a Skowhegan neighborhood. Skowhegan police say they’ve alerted the state fire marshal’s office after receiving a series of calls about cars being set on fire early Monday morning. Three of the vehicles sustained heavy interior damage, and at least one car was completely destroyed. No arrests have been made and officials are continuing to investigate.

Gov. Paul LePage says he’ll veto any budget over $7 billion as lawmakers remain at odds over spending. LePage said he’s “ashamed” to be part of Maine government because of lawmakers’ laziness. A small group of lawmakers will meet in public and send LePage a budget by Saturday. A two-year budget must be in place by July 1 to avoid government shutdown.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is heading to Maine to see the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument as part of a tour of national monuments that are under review. President Donald Trump has ordered the review of more than two dozen national monuments, including Katahdin. Zinke is slated to visit the 87,500 acre (35410 hectare) property on Wednesday. He will be touring the site, which then-President Barack Obama designated as a national monument in August.

Maine’s Republican governor is behind a bill that aims to make sure Maine complies with federal drug law. The bill would require a court to suspend the driver’s license of a person convicted of certain drug offenses for at least six months. The legislation, which comes from Gov. Paul LePage’s office, would increase the minimum period of suspension for a person convicted of operating under the influence of intoxicants within a decade.

A conference focusing on homeland security and emergency management is under way at the University of Maine. The University of Maine is hosting the annual conference of the U.S. Chapter of the International Emergency Management Society all week at its Orono campus. The event began on Monday and runs until Friday.

A low voter turnout is making it difficult to project the outcome of the sole measure on Maine’s statewide ballot. The $50 million bond issue calls for the Maine Technology Institute to distribute $45 million in grants for upgrades in aquaculture, marine technology, forestry and agriculture. The Small Enterprise Growth Fund would direct the remaining $5 million.

President Donald Trump was able to see some of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Capitol Hill testimony and gave him a good review. That’s according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a Trump spokeswoman. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, she said Trump thought Sessions “did a very good job” in testimony to the Senate intelligence committee and believes the attorney general was especially “strong” on denying any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

An American college student who was released from a North Korean prison is finally home but in a coma and undergoing treatment at an Ohio hospital. An airplane carrying Ohio native Otto Warmbier landed in Cincinnati late Tuesday night. The 22-year-old was then taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor in North Korea for alleged anti-state acts.

Police have turned a church near the scene of a massive west London high-rise fire into a makeshift center for evacuees. A woman showed up in tears looking for her sister, who lived in the 27-story building that caught fire, but officials had no information for her. They say 30 people have been taken to hospitals but it’s not clear if people are still trapped

Almost 200 senators and representatives are plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump is violating the so-called emoluments clause of the Constitution. The lawmakers argue they have standing to sue because the clause says only Congress may approve foreign gifts and payments.

Some of President Donald Trump’s closest allies have begun questioning whether special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging probe is becoming too political, as the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election intensifies. The White House has finally said Trump has “no intention” of firing Mueller, but expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.

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