Lawmakers sustain LePage veto of Millett water bill

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Sen. Rebecca Millett’s bill to strengthen water requirements in schools failed to receive the necessary two-thirds vote in the House to override a July 2 veto by Gov. Paul LePage.

The Cape Elizabeth Democrat’s legislation would have directed the Maine Department of Education to use existing funds to develop a grant program to test drinking and cooking water in schools for lead contamination.

Current law only requires water testing in schools that do not use public water sources. 

Last month, Millett’s bill passed in the Senate and House. LePage had 10 days to sign the bill, veto it or allow it to take effect without his signature.

The Senate voted 31-3 July 9 to override the veto. But in the House, where 101 affirmative votes were needed to override, 93 representatives voted in favor and 50 voted to sustain the veto. 

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