Legislative Update: Thanks for your support on LD 1202

Thanks for your support on LD 1202LD 1202 An Act To Establish a Wood-fired Combined Heat and Power Program, sponsored by Rep. Nate Wadsworth, R-Hiram, was heard in Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee (EUT) Thursday, beginning the discussion about reviving the old Community Renewable Energy Program that aided the Robbins Lumber and Maine Woods Pellet Co. The committee heard from Executive Director Patrick Strauch, Jim Robbins, Anthony Hourihan and Eric Kingsley on the merits of the program. The governor was supportive of the concept and the work to negotiate a final bill is in process. Thanks to those who put in supportive testimony.Sunday hunting is resurfacing and we expect a lot of discussion in the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee (IFW) on the issue. The council stands firm with Maine Woodland Owners that this is an unacceptable idea for the landowner committee. Landowners large and small need to be listened to if we want to continue to maintain our outdoor heritage activities on private land.IFW’s virtual public hearing on all three Sunday hunting bills below is Wednesday, April 21, 10 a.m. LDs 1033 An Act To Allow Sunday Hunting on Private Property with the Written Permission of the Landowner. MFPC opposes.LD 1054 An Act To Allow Hunting on Sundays with Written Consent on Private Property. MFPC opposes.LD 1212 An Act To Allow Sunday Hunting North of U.S. Route 2 from the New Hampshire Border to Bangor, North of Route 9 from Bangor to the Canadian Border and within That Portion of the White Mountain National Forest inside the State. MFPC opposes.Find your legislatorHearings on other bills this week.Agriculture, Conservation And Forestry CommitteeLD 1158 An Act Regarding the Application of Certain Pesticides for Nonagricultural Use. MFPC opposed. Read MFPC’s testimony.LD 1159 An Act To Amend the Membership Requirements of the Board of Pesticides Control, public hearing, Tuesday, April 13. MFPC opposed. Read MFPC’s testimony.LD 780 An Act Regarding Uncontrolled Hazardous Substance Sites, Work session, majority vote ought to pass; minority, ought not to pass. Not reported out. MFPC opposed. Read testimony.Labor and HousingLD 553 An Act To End At-Will Employment, tabled at Work Session: Wednesday, April 14. MFPC opposed. Read testimony.LD 607 An Act To Restore Overtime Protections for Maine Workers, Work Session, MFPC opposed. Tabled. Read Testimony.
Public hearings coming up April 19-23
Tuesday, April 20Energy, Utilities and Technology, 9 a.m.:LD 1350 An Act To Expand Maine’s Clean Energy Economy, 9 a.m. MFPC monitoring.LD 682 An Act To Ensure the Viability of the Northern Maine Electric Transmission Grid, 9 a.m. MFPC is monitoring.Wednesday, April 21 LD 1439 An Act To Clarify All-terrain Vehicle Registration Requirements and Establish Regular Maintenance of Designated State-approved All-terrain Vehicle Trails. MFPC supports with some revisions.Thursday, April 22Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry: LD 1407 Right to Practice Forestry (submitted by Maine Woodland Owners), public hearing, 9 a.m. MFPC supports.Coming soonState and Local Government: LD 1411 An Act To Establish the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act, public hearing, Wednesday, May 5, 1 p.m. MFPC opposes.FYI – The public hearing on LD 1283 An Act To Amend the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law To Encourage Public Access, has been postponed until Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, who experienced a health problem, returns to the Legislature.No additional work sessions are scheduled yet for LD 125 An Act To Prohibit the Aerial Spraying of Glyphosate and Other Synthetic Herbicides for the Purpose of Silviculture and LD188 An Act Regarding the Transportation of Products in the Forest Products Industry.
New bills printed this week (no public hearings scheduled yet)LD 1471 An Act To Establish a Stewardship Program for Packaging.LD 1498 An Act To Prevent Increased Heating Fuel, Natural Gas, Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Pricing in Maine by Prohibiting Adoption of Rules Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions.LD 1503 An Act To Stop Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl. Substances Pollution.LD 1513 An Act To Require the Maintenance of a Discontinued Public Road That Provides the Sole Access to One or More. Residences.
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