2012 State Legislative
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bills are our 2012 legislative priorities. Please contact your state legislators
today and explain to them that you want them to vote to protect Maine's
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‘Takings’ Legislation: Prevent the Undermining of
Maine’s Core Environmental Protections
Maine’s land use laws are designed to protect our
water, land, and wildlife; the character of Maine communities; public health and
safety; and the value of property for all Mainers. ‘Takings’ legislation is a
back door way to undermine nearly every current or future law that protects our
health as well as our water, air, land, and wildlife. ‘Takings’ bills create a
legal and fiscal morass for states, with potential huge costs for taxpayers.
They have been broadly rejected nationwide. That’s because ‘takings’ bills are
simply a bad idea that is out of step with Maine people and Maine values.
Woods: Conserve Maine’s Natural Legacy for Future Generations by Ensuring the
Integrity of the Land Use Regulation Commission
The North Woods of Maine are a treasure that is
central to Maine’s economy, identity, and way of life. But without careful
governing, planning, and regulatory tools, the North Woods are at risk. While
the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) study committee wisely backed away
from abolishing LURC, some of the task force’s proposals could significantly
weaken key protections for Maine’s North Woods. We must not let that happen.
and Fish Bond: Protect Maine’s Natural Resources
The Land for Maine’s Future program has a history of
broad support and an outstanding record of success in protecting Maine’s natural
legacy. The Forest, Farm, and Fish Bond invests in Land for Maine’s Future. It
supports Maine’s natural resource-based economy and creates important new
conservation and economic opportunities.
Bird and Waterfowl Habitat Rule: Protect Maine’s Water, Land, and Wildlife
Protecting inland wading bird and waterfowl habitat
is essential to supporting the good health, good jobs, and quality of life that
Maine’s environment provides to all of us. The Board of Environmental Protection
has developed a rule that has satisfied sportsmen, the Maine DEP, and the
environmental community. While the rule could be stronger, it is a reasonable
compromise and we need to give it time to work, not weaken it further.
Elections: Ensure Fair and Effective Policymaking
Clean Elections means a cleaner and safer
environment. The Clean Elections system enjoys broad support and a tremendous
record of success - it is fair and effective policymaking at its best. As the
result of a court ruling, the Maine Clean Elections system must be amended in
order to remain viable and working as it was intended. Doing nothing will
dramatically weaken the law and allow more special interest money to influence
Maine policymaking. The Maine Ethics Commission has recommended a
carefully-crafted “re-qualifying option” that will strengthen Maine’s Clean
Environmental Scorecard Brought to you by
Maine Conservation Voters
Testimony & Supporting Documentation
Maine Partners for Cool
Communities (Sierra Club a member)
2010 State Legislative Priorities
How did our legislators do last session?
Environmental Scorecard: Brought to you by
Maine League of Conservation Voters