We just won on the building codes bill in the Senate! The nail biter first and most important vote was 18-17, then Senator Bryant offered a crippling amendment that would have required enforcement only in towns above 5000. Senator Bromley requested that the amendment be “indefinitely postponed” (i.e. rejected). Senator Karl Turner supported that motion, Read More
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On Friday afternoon the House voted 79 to 58 (15 absent) in favor of the Majority Report recommendations on LD 2257 “An Act to Establish a Uniform Building and Energy Code.” The Senate will be voting this week, maybe even tomorrow (Tuesday) and this vote could be even closer! We need support for the Majority Read More
Hopefully the more than 500 of you who attended last week’s Governor’s Energy Efficiency Summit left at the end of the day as excited as I did. It was a great day that began with an excellent keynote speech by Thomas Casten of Recycled Energy Development who provide compelling examples of how we can be Read More
Here is an article from today’s Bangor Daily News that explains the latest on the St. Croix alewives bill: Compromise Would Allow Alewives Up to Grand Falls Tuesday March 18th, 2008, by Kevin Miller AUGUSTA – A legislative committee has reached a tentative compromise that would allow alewives in the St. Croix River up to Read More
Hi folks, We’re very excited about this strong vote out of committee. But with 25 industry lobbyists working the Senate, the real work begins now. Please contact your Senator in the next couple of weeks and urge them to support this bill. Thanks for all your help. -Matt Here is a press release from the Read More
Last Thursday, February 28th was a busy day in Augusta; the list of bills being heard was almost too long to keep track of! A few of NRCM’s priority bills were all scheduled for hearings at the same time: LD 2179 energy efficient building codes, LD 2048 toxic toys, LD 2126 no coal, and a Read More
Please plan to attend the public hearing on LD 2048, “An Act to Protect Children’s Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products,” on Thursday, February 28 at 1 PM in Augusta. To learn more, click here. Toxic chemicals should not be found in Maine homes or children. Unfortunately, studies show that Maine Read More
After four long weeks and hundreds of hours of testimony the technical intervener sessions on Plum Creek’s development proposal for Moosehead Lake have ended; at least for now. The Land Use Regulation Commission closed this phase of the sessions on Friday and gave at least some indication of how the process may move forward. On the Read More
After a few weeks of preparing for the upcoming public hearing in Greenville tomorrow, I’ve finally been able to come up for air and return to the intervener sessions. We know that many of you rely on this blog to help you keep up with what is happening. We’ll do our best to keep this Read More