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 - Gov. Paul LePage's nominee to fill a post on the Maine Public Utilities Commission drew no opposition Thursday.

But, on a party line vote, Democrats tabled a vote on Bruce Williamson's nomination, saying they need more time to consider the six-year appointment of the University of Tennessee economics professor to the post.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Bars would be able stay open until 2 a.m. under a pilot program proposed by Gov. Paul LePage. The pilot would run this summer, through Columbus Day.

Rep. Louis Luchini, a Democrat from Ellsworth who co-chairs the Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, says he's open to the idea, but has some reservations.

"I really want to hear what people say at the public hearing," Luchini says, "though I do have a lot of concerns about the bill as written."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the forced medication of certain patients committed to state psychiatric facilities. The bill had broad support, but is also drawing fire from civil liberties advocates.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is proposing a law that would require hospitals and mental health facilities to hold a person brought to the facility by law enforcement. 

The bill, which would require facilities to hold people until law enforcement can take them back into custody after treatment, is raising concerns at the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate has approved a measure that would allow children younger than 10 years old to hunt, with their parents' permission.

Currently Maine law allows a junior hunter's license to 10-year-olds, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Sen. Paul Davis, a Republican from Sangerville, supports expanding that to even younger children.

"Thirty-nine states currently have this provision in their law, including the states of Vermont and New Hampshire," Davis said. "They allow the parents to decide when the children can go hunting."