Legislative preview for week of April 22

at the legislatureWith most of the Legislature taking the school holiday week off, there was very little activity this week except just a few committee meetings.

The amended Bonded Labor Equipment Ownership Rules that were approved last session could be jeopardized if the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee rejects LD 1259, the resolve that provides for legislative review of the rule changes, which were processed over the past year. That means we would return to landowner penalties, requirements for a industry supported clearing house, and unrealistic penalties for contractors using bonds. Please let members of the LCRED Committee know you are concerned about breaking the compromise reached last session.

In addition to the firearms and rangers bill, we will be focused next week on:

  • The ongoing discussions about the merger of the ACF department continues at a work session on LD 837, Wednesday, 1 p.m. at the State House, Room 127.
  • Managing the series of wind power bills that relate to land use: LDs 385,1147 and 1323.
  • Continuing to monitor LD 1177, An Act To Implement the Recommendations from the Discontinued and Abandoned Roads Stakeholder Group
  • LD 1356, An Act To Improve the Statutes Governing Road Associations, which has its public hearing in the Transportation Committee Friday at 9 a.m. in Room 126.

We will keep you posted on budget discussions (including BETR) and ongoing debates about workers compensation laws.