MELISSA HEWEY AND DAVID KALLIN SUBMIT BRIEF ON BEHALF OF A NUMBER OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS IN SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATURE'S POSITION THAT CERTAIN BILLS HAVE BECOME LAW WITHOUT THE GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
Representing Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Maine Family Planning, Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center, Maine Primary Care Association, and Maine Nurse Practitioner Association, the lawyers at Drummond Woodsum recently filed a brief in support of the Legislature's position that 65 bills that the Governor later attempted to veto had already become law without the Governor's signature. One of those laws enables more low-income Mainers to receive insurance coverage for critical disease prevention and reproductive health care. The Justices of the Maine Supreme Court opined that all 65 bills had indeed become law without the Governor's signature by operation of the Maine constitution.
To read the Opinion of the Justices please click here. www.courts.maine.gov/opinions_orders/supreme/lawcourt/2015/15me107oj.pdf
To read the brief filed on July 24, 2015 on behalf of Brief of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Maine Family Planning, Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center, Maine
August 6, 2015, Portland Press Herald "Maine's highest court: LePage's vetoes came too late, so 65 laws stand." To read the article, please click here. www.pressherald.com/2015/08/06/maines-high-court-spurns-lepage-in-veto-dispute/
August 6, 2015, The New York Times "Maine: Court Says Governor's Vetoes Came Too Late." To read the article, please click here. www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/us/maine-court-says-governors-vetoes-came-too-late.html?_r=0
August 6, 2015, WMTW Portland, "Maine Supreme Court rules 65 bills in question are law." To read the article, please click here.