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Legislative Update – June 2, 2023

This week, the legislature was quickly working to wrap up committee work with only 3 weeks remaining in the session. Committees are reviewing their list of bills they want to carry over into next year’s session. The Appropriations Committee is working on the Part II budget and negotiating final details. This week in the legislature …

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Legislative Update – May 26, 2023

Here’s a look at highlights of the bill’s we engaged on this week in Augusta. In the ACF Committee there was a work session on Wednesday for LD 1849, “An Act to Ensure Fair and Timely Payment in the Harvesting of Wood Products.” Senator Jackson presented an amendment to the bill, approved by PLC, that states all …

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Legislative Update – May 19, 2023

Keeping everything in perspective this week, the most important news is that Deputy Director Krysta West had an 8lbs. 6 oz baby boy named William James West on Tuesday. We wish them well while Krysta is out on leave.  The legislature is working diligently to finish committee work by next Friday the 26th. Committees will vote …

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Maine’s SFI Implementation Committee Wins Award

SFI Coordinator, Patrick Sirois, accepted the 2023 SFI Implementation Committee Achievement Award this week during the SFI Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Our state chapter was recognized for outstanding work in fostering community engagement by strengthening the connections between sustainable forests, thriving communities, and responsible purchasing. Read more about the conference and award here.

Legislative Update – May 12, 2023

This week, Governor Mills introduced the second part to the biennial budget in the form of a $900 million spending package. The language has not yet been released, but it is reported that the package contains $432 million in new spending and $455 million in transfers, bringing the overall budget to just over $10.3 billion. …

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Legislative Update – May 5, 2023

This was yet another busy week in Augusta as committees work overtime to complete the work before them. The timing of this session is unprecedented, with nearly 3oo bills yet to be printed and referenced to committees of jurisdiction. Even so, committees have until the end of this month to wrap up their work to …

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Legislative Update – April 21, 2023

While this was a shorter week than normal due to the holiday on Monday, legislative committees have continued to push through the enormous workload that remains. The pace continuously increases as bills are printed and referenced to committees of jurisdiction. With just shy of 1,800 bills printed, roughly 400 remain in draft form, yet the …

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Maine Compass: Our state’s industries need child care reform to succeed

This op-ed was originally published in the Central Maine paper here. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Krysta West is the Deputy Director of the Maine Forest Products Council represents more than 300 members from all sectors of the forest products industry including landowners, foresters, loggers, truckers, paper mills, sawmills, secondary manufactures and more.  Nate Cloutier is the Director of …

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