- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to weigh in on his dispute with lawmakers and the state’s attorney general over whether he missed his chance to veto dozens of bills.

The Republican governor delivered 65 veto messages to the Legislature on Thursday, but lawmakers wouldn’t consider them. Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves said that the bills have already become law.

“Now that the Legislature has refused to consider the vetoes, my constitutional duty as Governor to take care that the laws be faithfully executed’ is in question,” the LePage stated in his letter to Chief Justice Leigh Saufley. “I must know whether my vetoes stand.”

The governor took no action on the bills because he said he thought lawmakers had adjourned last month. But lawmakers said they didn’t officially adjourn. They contend they recessed because they returned this week to finish.

Attorney General Janet Mills agreed with lawmakers that the bills became law because of the governor’s inaction.

“I’m not really concerned about her opinion,” he said when asked about Mills on the George Hale and Ric Tyler show on Tuesday. “I’m more concerned about what the Supreme Court has to say.”

The governor will have to prove that the questions rise to the level of a “solemn occasion” for the justices to render an advisory opinion. Justices only answer questions that are serious and immediate or present a usual predicament.

The debate over the status of the bills has dominated discussions at the Statehouse as lawmakers wrapped up their work on Thursday and headed home for the summer.

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