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Gov. LePage vetoes anti-BPA bill

6:45 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill designed to provide information about food packaging that contains the toxic chemical bisphenol-A.

The Republican governor vetoed the bill on Monday. It would have required companies with $1 billion or more in gross annual sales to report to the state if they use chemicals like BPA in food packaging.

LePage says in his veto message that the bill directs the Department of Environmental Protection to do more work without additional resources, putting an unfunded mandate on the state.

The veto comes after a group of Maine parents met at the Capitol on Monday urging the governor to sign the bill. Supporters of the bill say that parents have the right to know what products contain BPA so they can protect their children.

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