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- Governor prepares to fill vacancies on public defense oversight boardGov. Janet Mills intends to recommend people to fill three vacancies and two expired terms on the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services as early as next month.
- As more people enroll in MaineCare, they may face fewer options for careMaine lags behind other states in how much it reimburses health facilities for treating its lowest-income residents. Without change, providers fear they can’t afford to continue.
- Lawyers who were ineligible to handle serious criminal charges were given thousands of these cases anywayIn the only state with no public defenders, people charged with murder and other serious crimes can get assigned attorneys who are legally ineligible to take on their cases. The state claims it was unaware.
- Scientists oppose tax credit that could boost Maine’s wood heat industryThe industry applauds the change, but more than 500 scientists voice concerns to world leaders over its long-term impacts on regulating carbon emissions.
- Renewable power requires competent and accountable utilitiesMajor utility reform is critical to realizing Maine’s clean energy plans, given the dominant utilities are driven by conventional thinking and shareholder returns.