AFA Update- Thursday, January 26, 2017: marijuana and the supplemental budget

Following the morning session of the House Appropriations met briefly to exempt LD 88, An Act To Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act from the Appropriations table, clearing it for final enactment in the Senate and transmission to the governor’s desk.

Reconvening later in the afternoon, AFA took up policy committee report backs on the supplemental budget.

The Education and Cultural Affairs committee (EDU) unanimously supported all but one of the Governor’s proposals. One member voted in opposition to providing additional funding to the University of Maine System (USM).

AFA had a lengthy discussion about the proposal to support diversity of all kind in the Maine legal community through Maine Law.

The Department of Education provided some additional material to the committee.

PLUS 2016 Final Report

PLUS Program Responses

Every other committee report back unanimously supported the proposals in their purview, (except the Labor, Commerce, Research and Community Development committee (LCRED) who has not yet submitted a report). The State and Local Government committee (SLG) also voted on a split vote (7-6) to provide $155,000 in funding to provide for the scheduled June referendum.

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