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Maine bill aimed at preventing alcohol overdose deaths to go into law

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AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine bill aimed at encouraging minors to seek help when someone is at risk of an alcohol overdose will go into law.

The Republican-controlled Senate overrode Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the bill with a 26-9 vote on Wednesday. The Democratic-controlled House voted to overturn his veto on Tuesday.

Republican Rep. Joyce Maker's bill provides minors with a defense against prosecution under alcohol beverage laws when they are someone else needs medical attention. Supporters say that minors are often too scared to call for help because they fear they will face legal repercussions for underage drinking.

LePage said in his veto message that the bill would contribute to the "growing pattern of babying" children. He said he can't support legislation that "pampers children who engaged in illegal behavior."

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