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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.

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Maine Forest Products Week

Celebrate Maine Forest Products Week! Congress designated the third week of October (October 18-24, 2020) as National Forest Products Week (NFPW) to recognize the value of forest products and commit to conservation practices that help responsibly manage U.S. forests. This week celebrates the role and impact of forests and wood as an integral component to our nation's society. The week provides an opportunity to focus public attention on Maine’s forests and forest products industry and celebrate their importance to our state. Members of the industry, led by the Maine Forest Products Council, are planning a series of activities designed to engage and educate the public and the media.

When: Sun October 18 8:00 AM - Sat October 24 11:00 PM

MFPC Board Meeting

When: Thu November 12 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: MFPC Office, 535 Civic Center Drive, Augusta Maine
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