AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Leaders of the Republican legislative minorities say Maine lawmakers should be called back to Augusta for a special session to deal solely with increasing funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Senate Republican leader Carol Weston of Montville and Republican House leader Josh Tardy of Newport propose a $10 million dollar increase in LIHEAP funding.
They say lawmakers could approve the plan on Aug. 20, when the Senate is already scheduled to convene to take up various nominations by Gov. John Baldacci.
Baldacci discussed options for undertaking energy-related initiatives with Democratic legislative leaders last month. Recommendations by his Pre-Emergency Energy Task Force include more home weatherization, energy audits and transportation options.