News & Notes: Legislative Advocacy


Action Alert: Push Back Against Mining Pollution in Maine

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

We need your help to defend against mining pollution and the threat it poses to clean water in Maine. Weak mining rules were defeated in 2014 and 2015 that would have allowed dangerous mines near some of Maine’s most treasured places. Unfortunately, in January, the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) again passed weak rules to …

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Action Alert: Urge Sen. Susan Collins to Come Out Against Pruitt

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

This morning, Republicans in the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee suspended the rules in order to bypass a boycott by Democrats on the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. The full Senate is expected to vote next week on whether Pruitt will become the next EPA Administrator. We need Senator Susan Collins …

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Action Alert: Take Action to Ban Polystyrene (Styrofoam) Food Containers

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Maine’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee is holding a public hearing on LD 103, An Act to Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers, on Monday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m. in room 216 of the Cross Office Building in Augusta. Please attend and show your support for eliminating polystyrene (Styrofoam) food containers. …

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2017 Legislative Preview

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The 2017 Legislative Preview is also available to download in PDF format. The first session of the 128th Legislature is up and running. There are some new faces and more than a few returning ones. The committees look a little different. Given the closely divided Legislature and the Governor’s enthusiasm for vetoing bills, we don’t anticipate …

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Action Alert: Take Action to Ban Plastic Bags

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Maine’s Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee is holding a public hearing on LD 57, An Act to Phase Out the Use of Single-use Plastic Shopping Bags, on Wednesday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m. in room 216 of the Cross Office Building in Augusta. Please attend the hearing and show your support for eliminating single …

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Action Alert: Voice Your Opposition to Pruitt’s Confirmation as EPA Administrator

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is at the heart of our nation’s protection of clean air and water. Its work is absolutely critical to the health of America’s wildlife and habitat. President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA poses a clear and present threat to wildlife in Maine and around the …

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Action Alert: Protect Maine from Invasive Plants

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

For the first time ever, Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is proposing a list of invasive plant species. If approved, it will be illegal to import, export, buy, sell, or propagate any living and viable portion of a listed plant species. The creation of the list of invasive plant species in Maine is …

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Action Alert: Take Action to Protect Maine’s North Woods from Scattered Development

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Important decisions will be made soon that will shape the path of development in areas of northern, western, and downeast Maine — including Maine’s North Woods. Let Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission know you don’t want them to weaken zoning laws by taking a few minutes to complete their survey. Loud voices are urging Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC, …

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Action Alert: Rally Against Proposed Anti-solar Net Metering Rules

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has proposed the most extreme anti-solar net metering rules in the country. We need your help to fight these changes! Please join us at a rally and public hearing at the PUC on Monday, October 17. What: Solar Rally and Public Hearing When: Monday, October 17, rally at noon, public …

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Action Alert: Final Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Listening Session in Orono Thursday

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

  This month, the National Park Service (NPS) has hosted a series of public discussions on the future of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The first three sessions held in Stacyville, Medway, and Millinocket drew approximately 340 participants. You still have a chance to share your hopes, ideas, and concerns for the Katahdin …

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