Veto of bill on CPR training in schools holds


Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill calling for cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in Maine schools will stand.

A 22-13 Senate vote Thursday fell two short of the number needed to override the governor’s veto. The bill sought to train high school students in life-saving techniques including CPR and the use of automatic external defibrillators. The House had voted to override the governor’s veto Wednesday.

Supporters said the bill will save lives. But Republicans supporting the governor’s veto said that while school districts should implement CPR training, the state shouldn’t order them to do so through laws.

It was the ninth veto this session lawmakers have failed to override.

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