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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.

Mining Bills Update 4-10-14

Posted on: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Legislature has enacted LD 1851, the bill that delays the effective date of the Mining Act until June 2016 (from June 2014).  This now goes to the Governor for his signature.  LD 1772, the bill that kills the bad DEP/BEP rules, has been enacted in the House and approved in the Senate.  It now sits on the Appropriations Table.  This is where bills that cost money are sent until the end of the session.  The DEP has placed a large fiscal note on the bill.  We are hopeful that the Appropriations Committee will understand that the cost is being grossly exaggerated and approve the bill.

Ocean Acidification Bill, LD 1602, on Study Table

Posted on: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

LD 1602, as amended, is sitting on the Special Study Table, having been approved by both bodies.  At the end of the session, all of the study bills are reviewed pending final approval.

Lakes Bill, LD 1744, Sitting on the Appropriations Table

Posted on: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

LD 1744 has been enacted by the House and the Senate has approved it through engrossment.  It’s not been put onto the Appropriations Table.  This happens to bills that have a fiscal note, or cost money.  We are hoping that the Appropriations Committee is able to find money for this important bill.