MFPC Legislative Update Jan. 29, 2021

 
Online Public Hearings Feb. 1-5
 
Monday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m.
 
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, LD 88 An Act To Amend Maine’s Wildlife Laws Regarding Species of Special Concern, Sponsor Rep. Lester Ordway, R- Standish. MFPC supports this legislation with required amendments. Support clarifying the definition but simultaneously need to define how the list is used in regulatory and permitting matters.  
 
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
 
Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Commerce, LD 105 An Act To Adopt the Department of Economic and Community Development’s 10-year Economic Development Strategy for Maine, Sponsor Sen. Donna Bailey, D-Saco. MFPC supports, particularly themes relating to the importance of the forest sector.  Work session Tuesday, Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m.
 
Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry:
 
  • LD 90 An Act To Amend the Removal Process Applicable to the Position of State Supervisor of the Forest Protection Unit of the Bureau of Forestry, Sponsor Rep. Thomas Skolfield, R-Weld. MFPC supports.
  • LD 65 An Act To Invest in the Stewardship and Management of Properties Acquired with the Proceeds from the Land for Maine’s Future Fund or the Public Access to Maine Waters Fund, Sponsor Rep. Margaret O’Neill, D-Saco
 
Thursday, Feb. 4, 9 a.m.
 
Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry:
 
  • LD 34 Agriculture, Conservation & ForestryAn Act To Create the Maine Forestry Operations Cleanup and Response Fund, Sponsor Sen. James Dill, D-Penobscot. MFPC supports creation of the fund, but has language changes to ensure due process in the lien section of the bill. 
  • LD 36 An Act To Amend the Definition of “Timber Harvesting, Sponsor Sen. James Dill, D-Penobscot. MFPC supports with clarification on definition that specifies tracking of only green wood products (i.e. not salvaged wood or ancient bark piles).

 

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Coming up Feb. 8-12
 
Monday Feb. 8
 
Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 9 a.m.: LD 142 An Act To Give the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Rule-making Authority To Establish a Bear Season Framework and Bag Limits. Sponsor Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake Eagle Lake.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 9
 
Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, 9 a.m.: James May confirmation hearing to the Land Use Planning Commission. MFPC supports. 
 
Health & Human Service, 10 a.m.:
  • LD 129 Resolve To Protect Consumers of Public Drinking Water by Establishing Maximum Contaminant Levels for Certain Substances and Contaminants. Sponsor Sen. Trey Stewart, R-Aroostook.
  • LD 164 An Act To Establish Maximum Contaminant Levels under the State’s Drinking Water Rules for Certain Perflouroalkyl and Polyflouroalkyl Substances. Sponsor Rep. Ralph Tucker, D-Brunswick.
 
Thursday, Feb. 11
 
Judiciary, 10 a.m.: LD 159 An Act To Extend Time Limits for Placing Land in Trust Status under the Maine Indian Claims Settlement. Sponsor Rep. Barbara Wood, D- Portland.

 

About MFPC

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 and across the state, in Washington D.C. and across the U.S.