Legislative Advocacy

Jenn Burns Gray, Staff Advocate and Attorney

Despite some dramatic twists and turns, the first session of the 127th Maine Legislature delivered several victories for Maine wildlife. This drama unfolded in two acts. Act One focused on the proposal weak mining rules.

Act Two starred the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) bonds. This issue held the spotlight in the media for several weeks. Unfortunately, the session ended on a sour note when the House failed to follow the Senate’s lead to override the Governor’s veto on legislation that would have forced the release of the LMF bonds. The story is not over, however - read our full legislative summary to get all the details!

Read our 2015 Legislative Summary.

2015 Legislative Priorities:

Protect Maine Lakes

Ensure that Maine's $3.5 billion lake legacy - quality of life, drinking water sources and freshwater habitat - endures to benefit future generations.

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Endangered Species

Protecting wildlife from extinction is vital to maintaining maine's biodiversity and the economic opportunities Maine's environment provides.

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Open Pit Mining in Maine

Open-pit mining in Maine could result in arsenic, lead, and other toxic chemicals contaminating lakes, rivers, streams, and soils as it has done in other states.

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Conservation Funding

To protect and conserve Maine's wildlife and habitat, we need to ensure that much-needed state programs and services continue to be funded.

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Maine's North Woods

Maine's northern forest is the single largest undeveloped forestland in the eastern United States. Its woods, waters and wildlife create outstanding recreational experiences for Maine people and visitors.

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Renewable Energy

The market for solar power is changing - solar is becoming more affordable for businesses and homeowners. Reduce barriers and spur investment in solar power. Maine should position itself to encourage conversion to solar.

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