Maine Gov. Angus King defended the state's teacher fingerprinting requirement as constitutional and fair in a message to lawmakers after vetoing a bill to repeal the law, which is bitterly opposed by the teachers' union.

As they tried to wrap up business for the session June 21, lawmakers planned to take up King's veto of a bill to scuttle the law that requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks for all school employees, from janitors to

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