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Maine lawmakers to hear from new governor’s nominees

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Lawmakers are set to hear from the nominees chosen by the new Democratic governor to lead state agencies and roll out her plans to tackle the opioid crisis, climate change and health care costs.

Lawmakers on Tuesday will hold public hearings on Gov. Janet Mills’ nominations to lead the state’s financial, transportation, economic and marine resources agencies.

Mills is the state’s first female governor and has nominated eight women to join her 15-member Cabinet. Lawmakers are set to hold hearings on 14 nominees this week.

Lawmakers on Friday will consider the nomination of former Portland police chief Mike Sauschuck for the public safety commissioner. A former Republican state lawmaker and several gun rights groups are criticizing his nomination over his opposition to Maine’s 2015 concealed carry law.

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