Last week, the Maine Legislature voted on LD 489, RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to a Healthy Environment. The proposal had been in unfinished business in the Maine House of Representatives for over a year. Because it was a constitutional amendment, LD 489 needed a two-thirds vote to pass. It did not get the necessary two-thirds vote and failed final passage in the Maine House (77-59).
As I’m writing this message, it occurs to me that it is likely the last President’s Message of the session. The 130th Maine Legislature is working feverishly to adjourn next week as close to the April 20 statutory adjournment date as possible. Once the legislature adjourns, the Maine State Chamber’s Advocacy Team will begin the work of assessing the impact of this session on Maine’s business community in preparation for our annual Final Summary edition.
Chamber opposes the amended bill, urges Governor’s veto in letter
This week, LD 1129, An Act Relating to the Valuation of Improved Real Property, was recalled from the Governor Janet Mills’ desk and amended to add reference to the Maine Constitution. The bill heads back to the Governor after it was enacted by both the House and Senate, mostly along party lines.
Last week, LD 1894, An Act To Support Municipal Broadband Infrastructure through Incentives and Competition, passed both the Maine State Senate and the Maine House of Representatives, it now heads to the Governor’s desk to be signed. Introduced by Sen. Eloise Vitelli (D-Sagadahoc), the proposal has been amended a couple of times, and while the Maine State Chamber still has concerns with the final product, it is better than when it was first introduced.