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Senate Supports Tobacco, Driving, and Solar Bills

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) The Maine Senate is overturning the governor’s vetoes on bills targeting tobacco sales, solar policy and distracted driving.

The chamber on Wednesday voted 24-10 to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to ban drivers from holding electronic devices like cellphones while driving.

A vetoed bill calling for an overhaul of solar regulations received a 28-6 vote in the Senate.

The chamber voted 29-5 to override a veto of legislation to raise the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 starting next year.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie last month signed a law making New Jersey the third state to raise its smoking age to 21.

The bills now face a vote in the House.

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