Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Committee Work Session Today (4/21/15) at 1:00PM on LD's 791 and 828

Note: The public may speak at a work session only if a committee member requests further public input and the presiding chair grants permission. 

If you are not planning to attend in person, please tune in on the Web at the following link to listen to today's work sessions on LD 791 and LD 828 described below. One bill is from the wind industry, the other from citizens. If they start late or take a break, there will be dead air.

After clicking the above link, turn up your speakers and use the audio buttons immediately to the right of the words "Agriculture Conservation & Forestry/State and Local Government Committee Room (ACF/SLG)"

Descriptions of the three audio buttons are as follows:


Work Session TODAY at 1PM: LD's 791 and 828

Cross Building, Room 214 
Work Session, Today (April 21, 2015) at 1:00 PM for about 4 hours 
HP0540, LD 791 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Wind Energy Development Permitting
HP0562, LD 828 An Act To Improve Regulatory Consistency within the Jurisdiction of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission

Please take a moment and click on the link below to read about these very important bills as well as other key bills in what is shaping up to be a very busy legislative session.

LD 791 is a Wind Lobby bill that incredibly seeks to expand the abilities of wind developers to run roughshod over rural Maine and its residents. This bill will be heard the Agriculture Committee on April 14. The Agriculture Committee oversees the Land Use Planning Commission, which has jurisdiction over the Unorganized Territory. 

LD 828 is a citizen-written bill that seeks to restore the abilities of rural Mainers who need to have some control over wind development in their communities, like other Mainers have. Could be an interesting juxtaposition with LD 791, given the decreasing popularity of wind energy. The two bills will get back-to-back public hearings on April 14. To learn more about this important legislation and how you can participate CLICK HERE

Committee On Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Clerk: Cassie Nixon
Cross Building, Room 214287-1312
c/o Legislative Information Office
100 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Members & Staff
 Senator Peter Edgecomb of Aroostook, Chair
RSenate District 1
132 Baird Road
Phone: 207-496-3188, e-mail:
 Senator James Dill of Penobscot
DSenate District 5
72 Sunset Drive
Phone: 207-827-3498, e-mail:
 Senator Thomas Saviello of Franklin
RSenate District 17
60 Applegate Lane
Phone: 207-645-3420, e-mail:
 Representative Craig Hickman of Winthrop, Chair
DHouse District 81
192 Annabessacook Road
WinthropME 04364
Phone: , e-mail:
 Representative Russell Black of Wilton
RHouse District 114
123 Black Road
Phone: 207-645-2990, e-mail:
 Representative Ralph Chapman of Brooksville
DHouse District 133
455 Varnumville Road
Phone: 207-326-0899, e-mail:
 Representative Michelle Dunphy of Old Town
DHouse District 122
143 Middle Street
Old TownME 04468
Phone: , e-mail:
 Representative Anthony Edgecomb of Fort Fairfield
RHouse District 148
24 Fisher Street
Fort FairfieldME 04742
Phone: , e-mail:
 Representative MaryAnne Kinney of Knox
RHouse District 99
40 Maple Lane
KnoxME 04986
Phone: , e-mail:
 Representative Donald Marean of Hollis
RHouse District 16
233 Bonny Eagle Road
HollisME 04042
Phone: 207-727-5527, e-mail:
 Representative Carol McElwee of Caribou
RHouse District 149
54 Pioneer Avenue
CaribouME 04736
Phone: , e-mail:
 Representative William Noon of Sanford
DHouse District 19
78 Sunset Road
SpringvaleME 04083
Phone: , e-mail:
 Representative Robert Saucier of Presque Isle
DHouse District 147
117 Lombard Street
Presque IsleME 04769
Phone: , e-mail:
 Cassie NixonCommittee Clerk
Phone: 287-4143, e-mail:
 Michael O'BrienOPLA Analyst
Office of Policy and Legal Analysis
13 State House Station
AugustaME 04333
Phone: 287-1670, e-mail:

Additional Email Addresses

Bob Saucier
Craig Hickman
Donald Marean
James Dill
Michelle Dunphy
Peter Edgecomb
Ralph Chapman
Thomas Saviello
William Noon



There are three ways to find out when and where public hearings are being held:

(1) Notice of public hearings will usually be printed one or two weekends ahead of the hearing in the following newspapers: the Bangor Daily News Weekend Edition; the Maine Sunday Telegram; and the Lewiston Sunday Sun. The notice will include the Legislative Document (LD) number, the title of the bill and the hearing date, time and location; 

(2) The Legislature’s web site contains the public hearing and work session notices. They can be found on the Legislative Activities Calendar page, under the "Committee Hearings and Work Sessions" link.

(3) If you cannot get the information you need from newspapers or the Internet, you can call the Legislative Information Office at 287-1692 or 1-800-301-3178 (TTY 287-6826 or Maine Relay Service 711). Call this office also if you plan to attend a public hearing or work session and you have any special needs. It is helpful to reference the Legislative Document (LD) number when you call for information about a bill.


If you plan to speak at a public hearing, it is often useful to prepare and distribute your comments in written form. This helps you make clear and concise comments and ensures that committee members who are not present at the public hearing have the opportunity to receive your input. In preparing testimony, written or not, make sure you introduce yourself and, if you represent an organization, give the name of the organization. State whether you support the bill, oppose it or are offering suggestions to improve it, and then explain your reasoning. If you do provide written testimony, bring at least 20 copies and give them to the committee clerk before you testify. Photocopiers are available in the Law and Legislative Reference Library in Room 200 of the State House for a nominal charge.


Most committee hearings are held in the State House (the Capitol) or on the second floor of the Cross Office Building. The buildings are connected through an underground connector which can be entered from the ground floor of either building. The committee hearing times and locations are posted on the first floor of the State House and on the second floor of the Cross Office Building.


Speaking order: At the beginning of each hearing, the presiding committee chair will call the public hearing to order and announce the bill to be heard. The legislator who sponsored the bill will introduce the bill, after which the presiding chair will ask if any other cosponsors wish to testify. Once sponsors and cosponsors have had the opportunity to speak, public testimony is invited. Generally, the public may present testimony in one of three categories in the following order: those favoring the bill, those against the bill, and those neither for nor against the bill but who wish to offer information about the bill.

NOTE: The committee may be hearing several bills during a public hearing. Generally the bills are heard in the order in which they are advertised. However, the schedule is subject to change and the length of the hearing on most bills is difficult to predict.

Your turn at the podium: When it is your turn to testify, advance to the podium and sign in. Address the committee as follows: “Senator Smith, Representative Jones and members of the committee.” Introduce yourself, indicate who you represent and whether you support the bill, oppose it or are offering suggestions to improve it, and then explain your reasoning. If other speakers have already made your point, let the committee know that you agree with the previous remarks of other speakers, but try to avoid repeating the testimony of previous speakers. When you finish, remain at the podium for a moment to allow committee members to ask you questions.

Comings and Goings: Many hearings last throughout the day, and many legislators are members of more than one committee. Legislators may need to leave and re-enter the room if they are scheduled to be at a public hearing or work session in another committee. However, they will receive any written information, which is a good reason to provide written testimony.

Decorum in Committee Proceedings: Please direct your comments to the committee, not to the audience, and give your courteous attention to other speakers, regardless of their views. Do not applaud or indicate pleasure or displeasure with anyone’s remarks. Only members of the committee may ask questions of persons who testify.

Work sessions: After the public hearing, a work session is scheduled in order for committee members to discuss the bill and decide whether to recommend its passage. The public may speak at a work session only if a committee member requests further public input and the presiding chair grants permission. Work sessions on a bill are generally held on a day other than the day of the public hearing. If you would like to find out when a work session will be held, ask the committee clerk.


Bills (LDs) and Amendments: Single copies of bills and printed amendments are available upon request at no charge in the Legislative Document Room (Room 102, State House).

Legislative Internet Web Page: Bills, calendars, schedules and other bill-related information are available on the Legislature’s web page at:

Bill Status Information: Legislative Information Office, Room 121, State House - 287-1692 / TTY 287-6826.

Committee Clerks: Every committee has a committee clerk who provides administrative support to committees and can answer specific questions regarding public hearings, work sessions and meeting times and places. Clerks may be reached in the committee room or office, by phone or e-mail or by calling the Legislative Information Office.

Senate and House Calendars: Calendars of legislative matters to be discussed in the Senate and House are published each day the Legislature is in session and are available at no charge in the Legislative Document Room.  They are also available on the legislative web page.

Laws and Rules: Copies are kept in the Law and Legislative Reference Library, Room 200, State House, 287-1600.

Phone Numbers: To leave a message for a member of the House during session, call 800-423-2900; to leave a message for a member of the Senate during session, call 800-423-6900. Be prepared to leave a concise message.

Parking: Free parking is available in the parking garage on the corner of State Street and Sewall Street or where spaces are marked “General Parking.” Unauthorized cars will be towed if parked in handicapped parking spaces or any other restricted parking space. One and two-hour visitor parking is available on the west side of the Cross Office Building. The visitor entrance to the State House is on the west side of the building.

Special Services: If you plan to attend a public hearing or work session and have any special needs, please call the Legislative Information Office at 287-1692. They will make every effort to accommodate your request. Handicapped parking is available between the State House and Cross State Office Building and on the west side of the Cross State Office Building.

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Comment by Kathy Sherman on April 21, 2015 at 1:44pm
Link gives error on page. Taskforce keeping up with legislation is one of the most important of all the things that you do. Keep video and info coming.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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