July 27, 2023 •
Maine Veto Session Ends
The veto session ended on July 25 with Gov. Janet Mills giving her comments on a sustained veto of a bill seeking to prohibit campaign spending by entities influenced by foreign governments.
According to Mills, the bill poorly defined what is foreign government influence and would have the unintended consequence of effectively silencing legitimate voices, including Maine based businesses, in debates that would impact their interests.
Mills hopes to find a way to prevent foreign influence in elections by enacting a more narrowly tailored and easily understood statute. The issue has another chance to pass as a ballot measure in November.
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