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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers gave final approval on Thursday to a plan to renegotiate the state’s liquor contract to pay its hospitals’ years-old debt of hundreds of millions of dollars for Medicaid services — one of Gov. Paul LePage’s top priorities.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate unanimously approved the bill, which no longer is tied to a proposal to expand Medicaid to 70,000 Mainers. Its passage is a major victory for the Republican governor working with Democratic majorities in both chambers.

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