On July 2, 2018 Governor Paul LePage vetoed a bill sponsored by Rep. Dale Denno, D-Cumberland, to improve oversight surrounding Maine Department of Health and Human Services procedures in addressing abuse cases. The bill was unanimously approved in the Senate and passed with a vote of 79-63 in the House.
“The governor never misses an opportunity to talk about Maine’s ‘most vulnerable’,” said Rep. Denno. “This bill would help protect people with developmental disabilities in the care of the state who are suffering serious injuries and death without any investigation. This veto is a very hypocritical action.”
Denno submitted the bill in response to a U. S. DHHS Inspector General’s report that found that Maine was not adequately investigating deaths and abuse cases involving people with developmental disabilities. The bill, LD 1676, would require an examination of all deaths and serious injuries of persons with intellectual disabilities or autism receiving adult developmental services from the Department of Health and Human Services.
“This issue has been on my mind since the Inspector General’s report came out last year,” said Rep. Denno, who serves on the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. “I hope we are able to override this veto.”
The Legislature will on overriding the veto when they convene on Monday, July 9. It takes a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override a veto.
Denno is serving his first term in the Maine Legislature and represents Cumberland and part of Gray.