Mal Leary

Managing Editor and Director of the Maine Capitol Connection

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads the Maine Capitol Connection project and serves as the Managing Editor and Director of the initiative.

Mal Leary has been a journalist throughout his life, working in both Washington D.C. and in Maine as both a reporter and editor. He has won numerous awards for his reporting, both in broadcast and in print and currently reports on state government issues in Maine on radio throughout the state and in several state newspapers. He owned and operated Capitol News Service, which was located in the State House complex.

Mal has been a long time member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. He is the SPJ Sunshine Chair in Maine and is currently the president of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and is a director of NFOIC. Mal is married with three grown children, several grandchildren and lives in Augusta, within sight of the Capitol dome.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The 136th Engineering Company of the Maine Army National Guard was scheduled to be deployed to Kuwait next year, but that deployment has now been canceled amid questions from the Pentagon about the structure of the Maine National Guard.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Senate President Michael Thibodeau, a Republican from Winterport, has introduced legislation that would allow local fire departments and other first responders to bill those convicted of drunk driving for cleaning up after the accidents they have caused.

"If you are convicted of a crime, if you are drunk driving, you probably ought to be paying to clean up the mess yourself," Thibodeau says, "and not be asking the taxpayer to pay for it."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would require people to clear their vehicles of snow before driving or face a fine. Sen. James Dill, a Democrat from Old Town, says a spate of accidents caused by snow and ice flying off vehicles triggered the legislation.

"What led me to do this one is, I think it was the first week of February, there were several different automobiles down in southern Maine - it was in the newspapers and on the news - where ice and snow had flown off cars and broken windshields," Dill says.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republicans on the Legislative Council blocked consideration of a bill aimed at overturning a controversial Maine Public Utilities Commission decision that would slash funding for energy efficiency programs.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House has voted 83 to 62 to give initial approval to legislation requiring that anyone selling a pint of beer to consumers ensure that it really is a pint.

Rep. Louis Luchini, a Democrat from Ellsworth, says it's a consumer protection bill.  "It simply states that if a bar, restaurant, advertises they are going to sell a pint of beer, that they have to serve that beer in a glass that can hold at least 16 fluid ounces," Luchini told colleagues.