Center for Deaf can now accept private donations

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FALMOUTH — A bill by state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, that supports the Maine Education Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing became law last week without Gov. Paul LePage’s signature.

The law now removes restrictions which prohibited the school from accepting private donations from alumni, foundations and others. Formerly known as the Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf, the school is located on Macworth Island. The MECDHH serves students from across the state.

Breen’s bill was enacted by the Senate on Feb. 18. LePage did not sign or veto the bill within a 10-day window, so it became law without his signature.