- Associated Press - Friday, June 15, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Lawmakers are returning for a special session next week in Maine.

Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon said lawmakers will return Tuesday. The session could last several days but legislative leaders say it could move quicker.

House Republican leader Ken Fredette said he’s glad Democrats have agreed to consider Medicaid expansion independently of spending deals.

Lawmakers are facing looming deadlines to prevent pay cuts for direct care workers and ensuring fund for county jails.

A legislative panel will meet Monday to possibly consider dozens of bonds lawmakers must deal with by late August.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage accused lawmakers of ignoring key issues during the regular session because it’s an election year. He took aim at House Republicans who shut down the state government last summer, saying they “are giving in.”

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