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
|Members & Staff|
| Senator Peter Edgecomb of Aroostook, Chair
R, Senate District 1132 Baird Road
CARIBOU, ME 04736
Phone: 207-496-3188, e-mail: Peter.Edgecomb@legislature.maine.gov
| Senator James Dill of Penobscot
D, Senate District 572 Sunset Drive
OLD TOWN, ME 04468
Phone: 207-827-3498, e-mail: James.Dill@legislature.maine.gov
| Senator Thomas Saviello of Franklin
R, Senate District 1760 Applegate Lane
WILTON, ME 04294
Phone: 207-645-3420, e-mail: Thomas.Saviello@legislature.maine.gov
| Representative Craig Hickman of Winthrop, Chair
D, House District 81192 Annabessacook Road
Winthrop, ME 04364
Phone: , e-mail: Craig.Hickman@legislature.maine.gov
| Representative Russell Black of Wilton
R, House District 114123 Black Road
WILTON, ME 04294
Phone: 207-645-2990, e-mail: Russell.Black@legislature.maine.gov
| Representative Ralph Chapman of Brooksville
D, House District 133455 Varnumville Road
BROOKSVILLE, ME 04617
Phone: 207-326-0899, e-mail: Ralph.Chapman@legislature.maine.gov
| Representative Michelle Dunphy of Old Town
D, House District 122143 Middle Street
Old Town, ME 04468
Phone: , e-mail: Michelle.Dunphy@legislature.maine.gov
| Representative Anthony Edgecomb of Fort Fairfield
R, House District 14824 Fisher Street
Fort Fairfield, ME 04742
Phone: , e-mail: AJ.Edgecomb@legislature.maine.gov
| Representative MaryAnne Kinney of Knox
R, House District 9940 Maple Lane
Knox, ME 04986
Phone: , e-mail: MaryAnne.Kinney@legislature.maine.gov
| Representative Donald Marean of Hollis
R, House District 16233 Bonny Eagle Road
Hollis, ME 04042
Phone: 207-727-5527, e-mail: Don.Marean@legislature.maine.gov
| Representative Carol McElwee of Caribou
R, House District 14954 Pioneer Avenue
Caribou, ME 04736
Phone: , e-mail: Carol.McElwee@legislature.maine.gov
| Representative William Noon of Sanford
D, House District 1978 Sunset Road
Springvale, ME 04083
Phone: , e-mail: William.Noon@legislature.maine.gov
| Representative Robert Saucier of Presque Isle
D, House District 147117 Lombard Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Phone: , e-mail: Bob.Saucier@legislature.maine.gov
| Cassie Nixon, Committee Clerk
Phone: 287-4143, e-mail: Cassie.Nixon@legislature.maine.gov
| Michael O'Brien, OPLA Analyst
Office of Policy and Legal Analysis
13 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: 287-1670, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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TESTIFYING AT A LEGISLATIVE HEARING
INFORMATION ON PUBLIC HEARINGS
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.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
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.
PUBLIC HEARING PROCEDURES
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: http://legislature.maine.gov/.
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.