The Maine House defeated a bill that would require the $3 billion Maine Public Employees Retirement System, Augusta, to divest companies with ties to Iran. State representatives defeated the bill by a 95-50 vote Tuesday. The bill had already passed the Senate.
But state Sen. Ethan Strimling, sponsor of the bill, put it up for consideration for further action after the vote, said both Michael Johnson, legislative aide for the Senate majority leadership, and Tim Feeley, communications director for House Speaker Glenn Cummings.
Under the reconsideration, the Senate could pass the bill again and force the House to vote once more, Mr. Johnson said. But given the pretty strong vote against it, it might be hard to get them to reconsider, Mr. Johnson said of House members. No timetable for reconsideration has been set, Mr. Johnson said. The Legislature is expected to adjourn April 16, Mr. Feeley said. Mr. Strimling and Andrew Sawyer, CIO of the system, couldnt be reached for comment.