Maine Forest Products Council Legislative Update

About MFPC

Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy. The MFPC represents the diverse needs of Maine’s forest products community. Our members are landowners, loggers, truckers, paper mills, tree farmers, foresters and lumber processors, but they are also bankers, lawyers and insurance executives. 

We serve our community by gathering information, bringing groups together to discuss concerns, hosting events, conducting tours and helping people find common ground.

We represent our members at the Maine Legislature, across the state, in Washington D.C. and across the nation. The MFPC Board is very active, and holds a weekly policy conference to discuss bills  of interest and arrive at a position. Forest products essentials

 

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Hearings this week

LD 2136 An Act To Prohibit Contributions, Expenditures and Participation by Foreign Nationals To Influence Referenda, Public Hearing, Veterans and Legal Affairs, Wednesday, March 11, 9 a.m., State House, Room 437. MFPC opposes because businesses that own land or assets in Maine must be able to exercise their defense of those investments.

Judiciary Committee – LD 2094 An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act: The bill continues to be discussed in various committees with greater focus on the provisions in the bill. This is especially true for natural resource issues in front of the Environmental and Natural Resources and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife committees.

Coming up next week

Environment and Natural Resources Committee – LD 2112 An Act To Limit the Use of Hydro-fluorocarbons To Fight Climate Change: Although the Council is supportive of the Governor’s initiative, we are seeking clarification on the availability of replacements.

Judiciary Committee – LD 2094 An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act: The bill continues to be discussed in various committees with greater focus on the provisions in the bill. This is especially true for natural resource issues in front of the Environmental and Natural Resources and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife committees.

Find your state legislators 

The biggest challenge facing the Maine Forest Products Council is how to advocate on behalf of membership in the first session of this “virtual 130th Legislature. It’s essential that members get to know and communicate with their legislators, because your representative and senator want to know how legislation will affect their constituents.  The first step is finding out who represents you in the House and Senate. Click here to find out.