We have gotten few victories from the State Legislature, but the dogged determination of the Maine Citizens of the state's Unorganized Territories now have won a process to have a say about whether or not to be in the Wind Energy's Law's arbitrary "Expedited Permitting Zone". Great job to the group "UT Citizens for Fair Policy". Here is their press release:
Legislative Update - June 23, 2015
LD 828 Passes House and Senate
LD 828, An Act To Improve Regulatory Consistency within the Jurisdiction of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission
Lawmakers pass bill to let some Mainers pull out of wind permitting areas - Portland Press Herald
LD 828 on its way to Governor.
A Senate vote late Monday afternoon marked the final action LD 828 needed to send it to the desk of Governor LePage. On Friday, the Senate stripped an earlier, objectionable House amendment from the bill and replaced it with a more acceptable one. Monday morning, in a unanimous action, the House accepted the Senate amendment and enacted it a few hours later. Senate enactment followed soon after.
Your help made the difference.
According to numerous sources in Augusta, LD 828 was the most heavily lobbied bill of the session. Your tremendous response to requests for legislator contacts sent a resounding message that got their attention. It was one of the very few tools we had to counter the huge lobbying effort of the bill's opponents.
Understanding LD 828.
Once the Governor has taken action, I'll send an update to wrap up LD 828's long trip through the Maine Legislature. Those of you who live in the Unorganized Territory might have a particular interest in what LD 828 will do, so I'll also try to summarize the implications and expectations of the bill at that time.
For now, anyone with an interest can find the relevant documents at the following links. The final version of the bill that will be sent to the Governor is Committee Amendment A, as amended by Senate Amendment A.
Senate Amendment A
Committee Amendment A
Again, many thanks and much appreciation goes out to those of you who've been involved with this effort. Citizen involvement can and does make things happen.
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