Maine House sustains LePage veto of superintendent residency proposal

10:38 AM, May 14, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine House has voted to uphold Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that sought to allow school districts to hire superintendents without regard for whether they live within the district they will head.

Representatives' 88-56 vote Tuesday was less than the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto.

In his veto message last week, the governor said the bill would supersede decisions of local voters who have added residency requirements to their charters. LePage said state government "should not lightly put itself above the decisions of local voters."

The bill was submitted after Biddeford school officials hired a superintendent who lives in neighboring Saco, a violation of Biddeford's residency requirement for superintendents. The legislation was also important to Augusta, where the superintendent's residency is an issue.

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