- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine legislative committee has dealt a blow to a bill that seeks to change the process for filling U.S. Senate vacancies.

The Sun Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1Ed5Bs2 ) that in a nearly unanimous vote Wednesday, the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee rejected Democratic Rep. Matt Moonen’s bill that would strip the governor of his ability to appoint a replacement in the event of a U.S. Senate vacancy.

Some have questioned whether Democrats are concerned about the possibility of Republican Sen. Susan Collins leaving her six-year term early to run for governor in 2018. But Moonen has said his bill had nothing to do with Collins and the senator says she’s focused on Congress, not future election cycles.

The bill now heads to the full House and Senate.

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