Legislative Update – February 3, 2023

Last week, our staff and lobbyists appeared before four legislative committees to represent our membership in Augusta.

In the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, we presented testimony in support of LD 24, “An Act To Prohibit Open Burning Under A Red Flag Warning And Regulate Recreational Campfires” and neither for nor against LD 108, “An Act To Establish A Logger Relations Advocate Within The Maine Forest Service.”

In the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, we testified in support of LD 122, “An Act To Authorize The Efficiency Maine Trust To Establish A Program To Support The Uptake Of Medium-duty And Heavy-duty Zero-emission Vehicles By Maine Businesses And To Establish A Medium-duty And Heavy-duty Zero-emission Vehicle-to-grid Pilot Project” and against LD 177, “An Act To Amend the Authority of the Public Utilities Commission Regarding Special Rate Contracts.”

In the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, we testified in support of LD 9, “An Act To Establish Processing Time Limits For Permit By Rule Applications Under The Site Location Of Development Laws.”

In the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, we introduced ourselves during their interested parties orientation and monitored the updates delivered to the committee by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Our testimony on these bills can be found linked above or here on our website under the Legislative Action section of our new website.

A preview of the public hearings and work sessions that we will be monitoring next week are included below. If you need help submitting testimony or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


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