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Senate President Kevin Raye, R-Perry, confers with leaders of the Senate after a bill to overhaul Maine's health insurance laws was passed in the Senate, at the State House, in Augusta, Maine, on Monday, May 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate on Monday passed a health insurance overhaul bill that allows more interstate purchases and subsidies for some groups, setting the stage for Gov. Paul LePage’s expected signature.

Monday’s 24-10 vote followed a weekend “cooling off” period between majority Republicans who support the bill and Democrats who say it’s being rushed through.

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