Assistant GOP leader backs Medicaid veto override

June 18, 2013 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate’s assistant Republican Leader who helped craft a Medicaid expansion compromise says he is hopeful they can get enough votes to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto.

Roger Katz of Augusta said on Tuesday that he is disappointed in the veto to expand Medicaid coverage, which came Monday night.

Katz authored an amendment to cut off Maine’s participation in the expansion after three years, designed to ease Republican concerns about the potential costs on the state when the federal government begins to lower its share.

Votes in the House and Senate last week fell just short of the two-thirds majority now necessary to override the veto. Lawmakers are now working behind the scenes to get these votes before taking the bill up on the floor.