The Maine Senate is endorsing a bill to establish presidential primaries in the state. With a unanimous vote Monday, the Senate endorsed legislation to establish a March presidential primary. Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond, D-Portland, sponsored the measure following this year’s presidential caucuses, when big turnouts led to big delays.
The proposed bill also charges the secretary of state with submitting a bill next year to address the cost of the primary and other details.
If questions remain, a sunset provision of the bill would revert the state back to caucuses. The legislation faces addition votes in the House and the Senate.