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Maine Senate confirms 5 more of governor’s nominees

February 5, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have confirmed five of the new governor’s remaining cabinet nominees.

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ picks to lead the state’s health and human services, public safety, corrections, education, and financial and professional regulation agencies.

Four confirmed nominees received unanimous support in the Senate and from legislative committees. That includes Acting Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew, who’s helping Maine roll-out of voter-approved Medicaid expansion.

The Senate voted 21-13 to confirm Michael Sauschuck for public safety commissioner. The Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 8-5 Friday to recommend Sauschuck, who faced criticism from gun rights groups.

Legislative committee recommendations are final unless overridden by two-thirds of senators.

A legislative committee on Feb. 14 is set to consider Mills’ nomination for agriculture commissioner.

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