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Maine Senate upholds fireworks restriction veto

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The Maine Senate has upheld Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would have placed some limits on fireworks use in the state. The 20-to-15 vote Wednesday falls short of the two-thirds needed to override the governor’s veto. The bill would have restricted fireworks use before noon and clarified that their irresponsible use could represent disorderly conduct. LePage said the proposed restrictions were ‘‘heavy-handed regulations’’ and seek ‘‘to roll back the existing legal framework that permits the use of approved fireworks.’’ Fireworks became legal in 2012.

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