Legislative leaders have until Thursday to decide whether to reconvene and address line item vetoes issued by Gov. Paul LePage over the weekend. While Democrats quickly voiced support for returning to the State House for an override vote, Republicans are taking their time in reaching a decision. Some members of the GOP caucus say they support the governor's proposed cuts to local general assistance programs, and to Medicaid spending.
Maine's prescription drug monitoring program has had one primary mission since it began operating: to give doctors and pharmacists a heads up when patients may be engaging in diversion and abuse of pain pills. The PMP, as it's called, was not created to monitor physician prescribing and assist law enforcement in drug trafficking investigations, as it was in some other states.