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Maine Supreme Court to LePage: You Botched Those Vetoes

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"Having considered the filings, the factual background and legislative record, the constitutional context of the language at issue, long-held traditions and practices of Maine Governors and Legislatures, and the analysis and precedents of other jurisdictions, each of us is of the opinion that a temporary legislative adjournment does not prevent the return of the bills with the Governor’s objections to the Legislature," the opinion said. "During such a temporary adjournment, the Governor may return the bills and his objections to the officers and agents of the originating House."

Six of the seven state Supreme Court justices signed on to the opinion. The seventh had recused himself from the matter.

The question now is whether LePage's administration will begin enforcing the 65 laws, which -- aside from the handful of pieces of emergency legislation that are supposed to go into effect immediately -- are set to go into effect 90 days after the legislature adjourned last month.

"This was not about winning or losing; it was about doing things right," LePage said in a statement Thursday. "We are fortunate to be able to seek legal opinions from the Judicial Branch, and we're thankful the Justices came to a fast and fair resolution to this issue. We look forward to moving on and continuing to work for the Maine people."

Read the full opinion below:

This story has been updated to include a statement from Gov. LePage.