Legislature Fails to Override Governor’s vetoes on LDs 1744 and 1772

Posted on: Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Unfortunately, the Legislature has failed to override the Governor’s vetoes of the mining bill, LD 1772, that rejects the bad mining rule, and LD 1744, the lakes bill.  The good news on mining is that the old rule will stay in place until the Legislature approves a new rule.  As for the lakes bill, this issue will likely come back next year.

Governor Signs the Water Bond, LD 1455!

Posted on: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Governor has signed the water bond bill, LD 1455.  Now, it goes on the November ballot for voters approval.  Thank you to the many people who helped to make this happen.

Governor Vetos LD 1772

Posted on: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Governor has vetoed LD 1772, the bill rejecting the bad DEP mining rules.  According to the Bangor Daily News,

LD 1772, A Resolve Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 200: Metallic Mineral Exploration, Advanced Exploration and Mining, would force the Department of Environmental Protection and citizen-led Board of Environmental Protection to start over on the development of statewide mining rules, which with the passage of this bill were rejected by the Legislature earlier this year. LePage vetoed the bill because he said it is an attempt to outlaw mining through rulemaking when the proper course for that would be to repeal a mining bill that was passed two years ago. LePage said he supports mining because of its potential economic benefits to the state, though large-scale mining’s opponents have contested that notion.


Water Bond Passes!

Posted on: Friday, April 18th, 2014

The House and Senate have approved the water bond by a landslide.  Last night, in one if it’s final actions of this legislative session, the Legislature enacted LD 1455 for $10 million by votes of 126-19 and 30-2.  It now goes to the Governor.  Please see the previous post for appreciation of those who helped to make this happen.

Solar Rebate Bill Dead

Posted on: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Senate failed to override the Governor’s veto by a vote of 22-13.  The House had voted to override by a vote of 105-41.

Outcome Based Forestry Bill Becomes Law

Posted on: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Governor has approved the Outcome Based Forestry Bill.

Mining Bill, LD 1772, Enacted

Posted on: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Senate has enacted LD 1772 that rejects the bad mining rules.  The bill now goes to the Governor.

Water Bond Update

Posted on: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Good news!  The Appropriations Committee announced last night the negotiated $50 million bond package.  $10 million of the bond package is to go to the Water Bond.  Of this $10 million, $5.4 will be for culverts, $4.2 for upgrades to drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities, and $400,000 for flood mitigation/wetland restoration.  The full Legislature will vote on the bond package later today.  Huge thank yous should go to Rep.s Jeff McCabe and Ken Fredette and Sen. Jim Boyle for helping to keep the amount strong.  A vast amount of legislators are very supportive and have been extremely helpful including Sen. Justin Alfond, Sen. Emily Cain, Sen. Dawn Hill, Sen. Anne Haskell, Sen. Pat Flood, Rep, Mark Eves, Rep. Mike Carey, Rep. Mike Shaw, Rep. Dennis Keshl, and Rep. Peggy Rotundo. Tom Abello of the Nature Conservancy did a fantastic job creating a strong, broad based coalition that was instrumental in creating a huge amount of bipartisan support.  Thank you to our activists who were instrumental in creating this groundswell of support.


Solar Study Update

Posted on: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

LD 1652, the solar study bill, has been enacted by the House and is awaiting enactment in the Senate.

LD 1671, Gold Prospecting Bill Update

Posted on: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

LD 1671, the bill that protects certain waters (that are special for brook trout) from motorized gold prospecting, has been enacted by both the House and Senate.  The Governor vetoed the bill and the veto was overriden by an impressive vote.  Kudos to our friend Jeff Reardon at Trout Unlimited and to his legislative allies, Sen. Tom Saviello, Sen. Jim Boyle, and Rep. Russell Black, for their outstanding work.