- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican legislative leaders have blocked an effort by Democrats to fix an error that could cause energy efficiency funds to be cut.

Republicans on the Legislative Council denied Assistant Democratic Leader Sara Gideon’s attempt to introduce an after-deadline bill Thursday.

The Public Utilities Commission recently voted to put a $25 million cap on one source of funding for Efficiency Maine Trust. Lawmakers intended for the cap to be $60 million, but there was a drafting error in the complex formula.

Gideon sought to fix the drafting error so the full efficiency funding could be restored.

House Republican Leader Ken Fredette tells The Maine Public Broadcasting Network says he’s already trying to gain support for a proposal to address the issue and believes having competing measures wouldn’t be wise.

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