July 09, 2020

Lawmakers uphold 11 McKernan vetoes

AUGUSTA — Gov. John R. McKernan maintained a perfect record this week as Maine lawmakers sustained all 11 of his latest vetoes.

All the bills were left over from the 1991 session that ended last July.

Among the bills whose rejection was upheld were ones calling for a study into the establishment of a statewide health insurance system and restricting the state’s ability to purchase goods from companies with business interests in South Africa. Another veto involved a bill to eliminate a requirement that new teachers get at least a minimum qualifying score on the national teachers’ examination in order to qualify for state certification.

Since taking office in 1987, McKernan has issued 61 vetoes and all have been sustained, according to his press secretary, Willis Lyford.

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