AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage's nominee for state Labor Department commissioner has won solid committee support.
The labor committee voted 10-0 Tuesday to recommend the appointment of Jeanne Shorey Paquette, currently deputy commissioner of the department, as the agency's head.
Five committees are meeting in the State House to take up dozens of the governor's nominations. More confirmation hearings are scheduled for Wednesday before the Senate comes in Thursday to vote on the committee recommendations.
On Tuesday, the Judiciary Committee voted to endorse the renomination of Justices Jeffrey Hjelm of Rockland, Thomas Humphrey of Portland and Thomas Warren of Portland to the Superior Court bench.
The education committee endorsed James Erwin of Yarmouth, Norman Fournier of Wallagrass and Mark Gardner of Kittery to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.
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