The Governor's veto of this bill was sustained by the legislature today.
The Governor's veto is here:
STATE OF MAINE
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
1 STATE HOUSE STATION
AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0001
June 12, 2017
The 128th Legislature of the State of Maine
Dear Honorable Members of the 128th Legislature:
Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 901, "An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of a Wind Energy Development's Effect on the Scenic Character of Maine's Special Places."
This bill creates more work for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Land Use Planning Commission by eliminating their discretion in determining if a visual scenic impact assessment for a scenic resource is necessary and by requiring all rulemaking under the Wind Energy Act be major substantive.
Meanwhile, the bill offers no real protection to Mainers in all areas of the state from the increasing visual impact of turbines popping up across our horizon. Instead, it authorizes the Legislature to involve itself in the decisions of the agencies to continuously politicize what should be technical and science-based processes.
For this reason, I return LD 901 unsigned and vetoed. I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.
S/Paul R. LePage
(2-4) The accompanying item An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of a Wind Energy Development's Effect on the Scenic Character of Maine's Special Places
(H.P. 629) (L.D. 901)
(C. "A" H-213)
|LD 901 (HP 629)
|"An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of a Wind Energy Development's Effect on the Scenic Character of Maine's Special Places"
|Sponsored by Representative Tom Winsor
||Environment and Natural Resources
|Last House Action
6/13/2017 - This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"
ROLL CALL NO. 298V
75 having voted in the affirmative and 72 in the negative, with 3 being absent, and 1 excused, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)
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