April 7, 1993 |
Maine lawmakers Tuesday approved a bill reaffirming a woman's right to have an abortion and eliminating a 48-hour waiting period that had been required but never enforced. The measure, proposed by Gov. John R. McKernan Jr., was designed to stop anti-abortion activists who want to use a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision to reactivate the waiting period law and impose new restrictions.
April 1, 1997 |
Gov. Angus King said he will not veto a citizen-initiated ban on same-sex marriages, although he believes it is unneeded and unconstitutional. King said he will allow the measure, approved by the state Legislature, to become law without his signature. A veto would have required voters to decide the issue in a referendum in November. The ban was proposed by Concerned Maine Families, which collected more than 60,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot.
October 27, 1998 |
Valerie Emerson of Bangor, Maine, had watched her 3-year-old daughter endure an agonizing death while taking the anti-AIDS drug AZT. So when her son, Nikolas, started suffering during his AZT regimen, Emerson stopped all treatment. Then came the prospect of greatly improved results from newer, more aggressive three-drug AIDS "cocktails"--and a concerned doctor's plea that they be used. No way, Emerson declared: "I don't want my son to go through the same pain my daughter did.
February 11, 1998 |
Voters on Tuesday made Maine the first state to repeal its gay-rights law. With 595 of 663 precincts, or 90%, reporting, 133,303 voters, or 52%, favored repeal, while 124,015, or 48%, endorsed retaining the law. "We feel great," said Paul Volle of the Christian Coalition of Maine, a leader in the repeal effort. Gov. Angus King said: "I think it's unfortunate." Joe Cooper of Maine Won't Discriminate conceded defeat for supporters of the law late Tuesday.
October 27, 2000 |
A federal judge on Thursday blocked Maine's pioneering law aimed at cutting the cost of prescriptions with the threat of price controls, saying it would probably be tossed out as unconstitutional. The preliminary injunction granted by Judge D. Brock Hornby prevents the state from enforcing the law pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents about 100 drug companies.
April 1, 1999 |
Is federal law supreme throughout the nation, or does each state retain a sovereign right to go its own way? Many might assume that the Civil War answered that question when the North defeated the Southern states, which had maintained that they had a sovereign right to secede. But the Supreme Court took up that question Wednesday, and the justices did not think the answer was obvious.