LePage Asks Supreme Court to Weigh in on Veto Dispute

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is asking the state supreme court to weigh in on a dispute over whether he missed his chance to veto dozens of bills.

LePage delivered 65 veto messages to the Legislature on Thursday but lawmakers wouldn't consider them. Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves said that the bills have already become law.

LePage said in a statement Friday that he's seeking the opinion of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court because his duty to ensure that laws are "faithfully executed" is in question.

The governor took no action on the bills because he thought lawmakers had adjourned last month.

Lawmakers said they didn't adjourn because they returned this week to finish. Attorney General Janet Mills agrees with lawmakers that the bills became law. 

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