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Lawyer for House GOP seeks to participate in oral arguments over LePage vetoes


AUGUSTA, Maine — Republicans in Maine's House of Representatives say they want their voices to be heard when the state supreme court meets to hear arguments over whether 65 bills became law without Gov. Paul LePage's signature.

L. Clinton Boothby, a lawyer for House Republican leaders, asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday if he can participate in the oral arguments on Friday. Dozens of other Republicans signed onto the letter.

LePage's legal counsel and an attorney representing Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves and Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau are expected to participate in Friday's arguments.

Eves and Thibodeau's attorney argues the bills are law because LePage failed to act within 10 days of receiving the bills. But LePage and House Republicans say the 10-day deadline didn't apply because lawmakers had adjourned.

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