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We will be following bills that
support Smart Energy Solutions for reducing green house gases, transportation
bills that promote planning for statewide passenger rail and stop the East
West Highway, and protect the Maine Woods.
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2014 Priority Legislation
LD 1602, to establish a Commission to study the effects of ocean
acidification and its effects on commercial shellfish harvested on the grown
along the Maine Coast. Read
testimony from Becky Bartovics, Chapter Co-Chair, in support of the bill
LD 646, which would weaken Maine's homegrown Renewable Energy Standards.
testimony from Glen Brand, Chapter Director, in opposition to the bill.
LD 1147 and
LD 1323, would harm or could possibly halt wind energy investment in Maine.
Read the Chapter's
testimony in opposition to the bills.
Read testimony in support of
LD 1652 and LD 1252
which would help to build a robust solar program in Maine.
bills are our 2013 legislative priorities. Please contact your state legislators
today and explain to them that you want them to vote to protect Maine's
environment. For more information, please contact
EAST-WEST HIGHWAY CORRIDOR:
First, we're happy to report that during a committee
hearing last week it was announced that the $300,000 taxpayer-funded fiscal
feasibility study on the proposed East-West highway corridor has officially been
suspended. One of the bills we are supporting would have taken this money back,
so we have an early victory!
Other bills that would advance our fight against the proposed East-West
corporate highway corridor include:
LD 870, which directs MDOT to study most efficiency options for improving
East-West transportation infrastructure, including rail.
LD 721, which requires more public transparency involving public private
other bills related to the East-West highway corridor can be found
LD 999 directs MDOT to study the extension of passenger rail service
connecting Portland to Auburn on the state-owned St. Lawrence and Atlantic
Railway Corridor. Advancing passenger rail service in Maine reduces greenhouse
gas emissions and supports a green economy. A public hearing on the bill is
scheduled for Tuesday, April 9, 1:00 p.m., State House Transportation Committee
We also support
LD 874, which authorizes a bond to invest and develop commuter rail
LD 1302, which requires that a mining company would have to prove that there
has been a mining operation in North America that has not polluted water before
a permit is granted; and ensures that Maine taxpayers will not be left paying
for mine clean-up costs in the future.
LD 72, which would open the fish passages to allow alewives access to the
St. Croix River. The bill has moved out of the Marine Resources Committee on an
unanimous "ought to pass" vote.
We also support
LD 730 to ban large fishing sinkers and jigs made of lead, which will
protect loons and other wildlife from dying from toxic lead consumption.
We strongly support
LD 902, the final adoption of a rule to prohibit the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA)
in infant formula and baby food packaging. A public hearing on the bill is
scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 1:00 p.m., Cross Building, Room 216.
We also support
LD 1181, which requires DEP to study and identify two priority toxic
chemicals each year and, if called for, proposed restrictions. The bill also
phases out a loophole that exempts most food packaging from Maine's Kid Safe
Products Act (KSPA).
LD 365, a bill that would open a loophole in the KSPA. A public hearing on
both bills are scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 1:00 p.m., Cross Building, Room
216, in Augusta.
One of top priorities in this session is to secure full
funding for Efficiency Maine's energy-efficiency programs. The funding levels
will be worked out during the budgeting process.
We support Senator Boyle's "Act to Improve Maine's Economy and Lower Energy
Costs Through Energy Efficiency" (bill not printed yet). The bill directs the
Public Utilities Commission to ensure that electric ratepayers benefit from all
efficiency savings that are achievable and cost-effective, resulting in lower
costs for ratepayers.
We also support restoring Maine's Uniform Building and Energy Code (LD
977), which would require energy-efficient standards for new residential
In addition, Representative McGowan has two bills we are backing,
LD 927, "Act to Further Energy Independence for the State" to establish new
fossil fuel reduction, energy efficiency, and renewable energy goals and
LD 1292, "Act to Minimize the Use of Plastic Bags."
Finally, we support
LD 825, which would require the state to study climate change and implement
the recommendations of the Department of Environmental Protection's report on
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member of the Environmental Priorities Coalition (EPC) as well as the Maine
Global Warming Action Coalition:
Environmental Priorities Coalition is a partnership of 26 environmental,
conservation, and public health organizations representing over 100,000 members.
Our goal is to provide lawmakers with a roadmap for protecting Maine people and
promoting prosperity for today and future generations. Each year, several issues
are selected as priorities and receive the collective support of the Coalition
during the legislative session.
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