AUGUSTA — A state commission tasked with reforming Maine’s complex school funding formula has set its first public meeting.

Controversy ensued this spring when the commission’s first meeting was held in private.

Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills recently announced a $500 fine against the commission. She pointed to documents showing after her office informed Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration that the meeting must be open, his aide turned away the public anyway.

The commission has until Jan. 10 to issue its report to the administration.

The first meeting is scheduled for Aug. 29 at York County Community College in Wells, with following meetings scheduled for Sept. 12 at Oxford Hills High School and Oct. 17 at Lewiston Regional Technical Center.

Future meetings are scheduled for Oct. 31, Nov. 28 and Dec. 12.

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