- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat, is calling for sanctions over a closed-door meeting of a blue ribbon education commission at the Republican governor’s mansion.

The attorney general’s office says the first meeting of the commission at the governor’s mansion should’ve been open to the public. A spokeswoman for Maine Gov. Paul LePage said it was an “informal get-to-know-you gathering.”

State law allows a fine of up to $500 for violating the Maine Freedom of Access Act, and Eves called for sanctions to be imposed Tuesday.

After coming under criticism, LePage said Tuesday that the executive branch isn’t going to participate in the blue ribbon commission. He told WVOM-FM that the commission is better off without the distraction of media scrutiny that would accompany his participation.

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