New Maine Legislature officially seated

11:43 AM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
126th Legislature in Session
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The newly elected Maine Legislature, now back under Democratic control, is officially starting business for the 2013-14 session.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday morning administered the oath of office to the senators and representatives who were elected last month. Democrats won back majorities in the House and Senate, which were in Republican hands for the last two years.

In a series of largely ceremonial events, the new lawmakers will elect their presiding officers and later the attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor.

Because Democrats now have a legislative majority, their candidates for those offices are virtually assured of winning on Wednesday. They include Matthew Dunlap for secretary of state, Janet Mills for attorney general, Neria Douglass for treasurer and Pola Buckley for auditor.

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