Congratulations to the Maine House and Senate, Republicans and Democrats, for passing TAYLOR’s law over Gov. Paul LePage’s veto.

TAYLOR’s Law, L.D. 737, strengthens the enforcement of an existing law that bars drivers with learner’s permits and intermediate licenses from carrying passengers except under certain circumstances. The law, sponsored by Sen. Kimberley Rosen, R-Bucksport, will provide decals that could be posted on vehicles of intermediate drivers. TAYLOR stands for Thinking About Your Life On the Road.

Now if legislators can free the Land For Maine’s Future from being held hostage by passing Sen. Roger Katz’s bill, perhaps the habit of running the government will take hold.

Could a bipartisan budget bill be next?

To those young folk, and some not so young, this is one of the advantages of the American form of government: To be able to use the Legislature to keep government in operation despite the vetoes of the governor, or the president. It is one of the checks and balances built into our government. One person cannot stand in the way of the people’s will, nor can a runaway Legislature rule alone. Compromise and bipartisanship are what rules.

Charles Robertson

Palermo