PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine legislative committee considered an emergency request on Monday to grant powers to a panel investigating last year's Lewiston mass shooting that the state's governor said are critical to unraveling how the killings unfolded.
An independent commission is investigating the October shootings that killed 18 people in a bowling alley and a restaurant in the worst mass shooting in Maine history. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the panel needs subpoena power, in part to access the shooter's military records.
The Maine Legislature's Committee on Judiciary held an emergency public hearing on the request Monday. The independent commission is hoping to bring Army officials to the table to testify about shooter and former reservist Robert Card's history in March.
The judiciary committee could vote on the bill seeking subpoena power on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the committee said. Mills' proposal for subpoena power has the backing of the Democratic and Republican leaders of both houses of the Legislature.
“The victims, their families, as well as the Maine people deserve to know the details of how the system failed us on Oct. 25,” said Republican Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham, the House minority leader. “How are they going to get any answers if they don't have subpoena power.”
Shooter Robert Card committed the killings on Oct. 25 and then died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. The independent…