Maine Democrats reject new restrictions on governors’ uncommon US Senate picks

AUGUSTA, Maine — Democratic lawmakers defeated a invoice Tuesday that might have required a Maine governor to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat with somebody from the identical political occasion because the senator getting changed.

The proposal from Rep. David Boyer, R-Poland, had narrowly obtained a good report from a committee in April regardless of full Democratic management of the State Home. It additionally garnered bipartisan help within the Home final week earlier than failing Tuesday within the Senate.

Each Democratic senator aside from Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth voted to defeat the invoice Tuesday. It faces additional motion, however the Senate’s opposition successfully dooms it.