Maine Lawmakers Considering Impeachment of Gov. LePage - State and Federal Communications

June 26, 2015  •  

Maine Lawmakers Considering Impeachment of Gov. LePage

Gov. Paul LePageSeveral Maine lawmakers are considering launching an investigation for impeachment hearings of Republican Gov. Paul LePage. LePage allegedly attempted to wield his influence to push Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves out of a new job at a charter school.

The grounds for impeachment include abuse of authority, conduct unbecoming and possible misuse of public assets. The relationship between LePage and Democrats in the Legislature is already contentious after LePage vowed to veto every piece of Democratic legislation submitted to him.

The Maine Constitution gives the state House of Representatives sole authority to bring an impeachment action. The state Senate would try the action and vote on whether to impeach. Impeachment requires a two-thirds vote of the state Senate.

Photo of Gov. Paul LePage by MattGagnon via Wikimedia Commons.

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