March 4, 2024


The Lewiston taking pictures tribute was anticipated to set the tone for a session that can embody a number of gun security proposals.

The Maine State Home is seen at dawn in Augusta, Maine. AP Photograph/Robert F. Bukaty, File

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Honoring victims, survivors and first responders following the deadliest mass taking pictures in Maine historical past is the primary order of enterprise for lawmakers returning to work Wednesday on the state Home.

The Lewiston taking pictures tribute was anticipated to set the tone for a session that can embody a number of gun security proposals, together with potential adjustments to the state’s so-called yellow flag legislation, which permits a choose to take away weapons from somebody in a psychological well being disaster.

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The Maine Gun Security Coalition deliberate an illustration within the Corridor of Flags to indicate assist for victims and their households.

“Our hearts are damaged in regards to the shootings in Lewiston,” stated David Farmer, spokesperson for the group. “There’s an pressing want for motion on gun security reform. We can not wait any longer to confront this rising downside.”

Additionally on the agenda was a request by State Rep. John Andrews, who sits on the Veterans and Authorized Affairs Committee, to question Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, who denied Republican former President Donald Trump a spot on the state’s main poll over his position within the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.

It was unclear how the impeachment course of would play out within the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

The primary hurdle could be a vote to proceed within the Home. There could be an impeachment vote within the Home and trial within the Senate within the unlikely occasion there have been sufficient votes to proceed.

Lawmakers additionally deliberate to contemplate payments carried over from the final session, together with a proposal to present higher sovereignty to Native American tribes within the state and one other to amend the Maine Structure to enshrine the fitting to an abortion, together with a whole bunch of different outdated and new payments.

Lawmakers additionally should determine how one can cope with a supplemental price range that’s anticipated to high $100 million.