AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers are coming together for a workshop designed to build bipartisan relationships and improve the Legislature’s productivity this session.

The National Institute for Civil Discourse is hosting the “Building Trust through Civil Discourse” workshop for lawmakers at the Cross Cafe in Augusta on Monday.

A spokesman for the group says the event will focus on making state government work better and help lawmakers become more effective.

Assistant Senate Republican Leader Andre Cushing says that Republicans and Democrats can find ways to disagree without being disagreeable, which will make for a more productive legislative session.

Democrats remain in control of the House, but Republicans hold the majority in the Senate. It’s the first time in twenty years that one party has not controlled both chambers.

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