- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that requires the installation of locked boxes on state ferries to allow for transportation of medical samples.

Supporters say the bill would allow island residents to send samples to mainland hospitals and medical facilities without taking a time-consuming ferry ride.

The bill also requires the Maine State Ferry Service to adopt rules regarding customer service, the transportation of hazardous materials and staffing levels and duties.

Sen. Dave Miramant, a Camden Democrat, says the bill has strong support among island residents. Lawmakers will vote on a possible override of his veto on April 29.

The Republican governor in his veto message said the bill is unnecessary because the administration plans to perform substantially similar work.

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