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Maine Gov. LePage issues 31 more vetoes as lawmakers prepare to return for override votes


AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers will have their hands full next week when they return to consider additional bills vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage.

The Republican governor vetoed 31 bills on Friday. He used the same veto letter for several bills, accusing lawmakers of "passing bills at breakneck speed, just so they can pack up and go home for the summer."

LePage has threated to veto all bills because lawmakers didn't pass his income tax proposal. But he has allowed several to become law without his signature.

Among the bills vetoed Friday is a measure that seeks to ensure more private wells are tested for contaminants such as arsenic.

Lawmakers are returning Tuesday to consider whether to override more of LePage's vetoes. He has vetoed well over 100 bills so far this session.

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