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Maine governor’s veto of overdose bill is upheld

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A bill addressing the legal treatment of drug overdose witnesses in Maine has been rejected for the session. The state Senate voted Wednesday to sustain Governor Paul LePage’s veto of the bill, as it fell just a few votes shy of an override. The bill would have provided a way for prosecutors to exercise their discretion when considering possible prosecution of someone who witnesses a drug overdose, but stays with the victim until help arrives. Supporters saw it as a way to get help to the overdose victim sooner.

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