AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Governor Paul LePage has backed off on a threat to veto all legislation that hit his desk until Maine's debt to the state's hospitals was paid off. The deadline for the governor to veto six bills that passed the state House and Senate was midnight last night, and that deadline passed with no veto.
Though he is still expecting action to be taken on that debt. On March first, Governor LePage said he would veto any bill that didn't have wide bi-partisan support.
Less than a week later, he expanded that to include all legislation.
Last week, the governor very publicly signed emergency legislation allowing bars and restaurants to serve alcohol on Saint Patrick's Day Sundays.
In a media release, the Governor explained that he was letting them go into law without his signature. He's calling on leaders from both parties to set a date to get the hospital debt paid.
LePage is proposing the hospital debt be tied into a $100million bond package, the details of which will be unveiled Thursday morning.