From Augusta

House overrides veto of critical services for Mainers with intellectual disabilities

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 1:45pm

AUGUSTA – The Maine House overrode the governor’s veto Monday of a proposal by House Majority Leader Erin Herbig to protect services for Mainers with intellectual disabilities and autism. The vote was 143-0

Without the measure, cuts to MaineCare reimbursement rates starting in July would put services for thousands of individuals at risk. 

The proposal to preserve reimbursement rates was included in a larger spending package, LD 924, which passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support but was vetoed by the governor.

The package also included critical funding to continue county jail operations. The jail funding agreement would provide $12.2 million in state funding for county jails that was previously agreed to in the biennial budget.

The governor’s veto of LD 924 now goes to the Senate for its consideration. A two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate is required to override a veto.