AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — There was not enough support in a poll conducted by Democratic Speaker of the House Mark Eves to bring lawmakers back in for a special session.
Lawmakers had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to decide if they favored the special session. Eight-four voted 'yes', 67 voted 'no'.
The question needed the support of a majority of Republicans in the house and a majority of the Democrats. Eighty-three Democrats said 'yes', while only one, Barry Hobbins, said 'no'.
A majority of Republicans, 63, refused to vote. Those were counted as 'no'.
Four Republicans — Kevin Battle, Bruce Bickford, Paul Stearns and William Tuell — voted 'yes'.
Democrats have been pushing for the special session to address Gov. LePage’s recent behavior after he left an obscenity-laced voicemail for a Democratic lawmaker and linked blacks and Hispanics to Maine’s drug problem.
Democratic leaders blasted Republicans saying they have failed the people of Maine.
GOP leaders called the polling for a special session illegal because the senate was not polled. They also said the speaker’s actions were nothing more than a political stunt.
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