April 16, 2021
Thanks for your support on LD 1202
An Act To Establish a Wood-fired Combined Heat and Power Program, sponsored by Rep. Nate Wadsworth, R-Hiram, was heard in Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee (EUT) Thursday, beginning the discussion about reviving the old Community Renewable Energy Program that aided the Robbins Lumber and Maine Woods Pellet Co. The committee heard from Executive Director Patrick Strauch, Jim Robbins, Anthony Hourihan and Eric Kingsley on the merits of the program. The governor was supportive of the concept and the work to negotiate a final bill is in process. Thanks to those who put in supportive testimony.
Sunday hunting is resurfacing and we expect a lot of discussion in the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee (IFW) on the issue. The council stands firm with Maine Woodland Owners that this is an unacceptable idea for the landowner committee. Landowners large and small need to be listened to if we want to continue to maintain our outdoor heritage activities on private land.
IFW’s virtual public hearing on all three Sunday hunting bills below is Wednesday, April 21, 10 a.m.
- LDs 1033 An Act To Allow Sunday Hunting on Private Property with the Written Permission of the Landowner. MFPC opposes.
- LD 1054 An Act To Allow Hunting on Sundays with Written Consent on Private Property. MFPC opposes.
- LD 1212 An Act To Allow Sunday Hunting North of U.S. Route 2 from the New Hampshire Border to Bangor, North of Route 9 from Bangor to the Canadian Border and within That Portion of the White Mountain National Forest inside the State. MFPC opposes.
Hearings on other bills this week.
Agriculture, Conservation And Forestry Committee
An Act To Amend the Membership Requirements of the Board of Pesticides Control, public hearing, Tuesday, April 13. MFPC opposed. Read MFPC’s testimony.
An Act Regarding Uncontrolled Hazardous Substance Sites, Work session, majority vote ought to pass; minority, ought not to pass. Not reported out. MFPC opposed. Read testimony.
Labor and Housing
An Act To End At-Will Employment, tabled at Work Session: Wednesday, April 14. MFPC opposed. Read testimony.
An Act To Restore Overtime Protections for Maine Workers, Work Session, MFPC opposed. Tabled. Read Testimony
Public hearings coming up April 19-23
Tuesday, April 20
Energy, Utilities and Technology, 9 a.m.:
- LD 1350 An Act To Expand Maine’s Clean Energy Economy, 9 a.m. MFPC monitoring.
- LD 682 An Act To Ensure the Viability of the Northern Maine Electric Transmission Grid, 9 a.m. MFPC is monitoring.
Wednesday, April 21
An Act To Clarify All-terrain Vehicle Registration Requirements and Establish Regular Maintenance of Designated State-approved All-terrain Vehicle Trails. MFPC supports with some revisions.
Thursday, April 22
Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry: LD 1407
Right to Practice Forestry (submitted by Maine Woodland Owners), public hearing, 9 a.m. MFPC supports.
State and Local Government: LD 1411
An Act To Establish the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act, public hearing, Wednesday, May 5, 1 p.m. MFPC opposes.
FYI – The public hearing on LD 1283
An Act To Amend the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law To Encourage Public Access, has been postponed until Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, who experienced a health problem, returns to the Legislature.
No additional work sessions are scheduled yet for LD 125
An Act To Prohibit the Aerial Spraying of Glyphosate and Other Synthetic Herbicides for the Purpose of Silviculture and LD188
An Act Regarding the Transportation of Products in the Forest Products Industry.
New bills printed this week (no public hearings scheduled yet)
An Act To Establish a Stewardship Program for Packaging.
An Act To Prevent Increased Heating Fuel, Natural Gas, Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Pricing in Maine by Prohibiting Adoption of Rules Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
An Act To Stop Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl. Substances Pollution.
An Act To Require the Maintenance of a Discontinued Public Road That Provides the Sole Access to One or More. Residences.
Since 1961, the Maine Forest Products Council has been the voice of Maine’s forest economy. MFPC’s members are landowners, loggers, truckers, paper mills, tree farmers, foresters, lumber processors and the owners of more than 8 million acres of commercial forestland, but they are also bankers, lawyers and insurance executives. The Council represents members at the Maine Legislature throughout the state, in Washington D.C. and across the U.S.