Maine Legislative Session 130 (01.05.22 - 04.20.22)

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Legislative Actions

Oppose Governor Mills' LD 1959 - An Act to Ensure Transmission and Distribution Utility Accountability - This bill falls short of securing energy affordability, energy democracy or even real accountability for Maine residents. It distracts and detracts from meaningful reform, it amounts to a "get out of jail free" card for CMP and Versant. Check out this testimony toolkit by Our Power for more information.

Divest MainePERS (LD 99) - Last legislative session, the state passed LD 99, An Act To Require the State To Divest Itself of Assets Invested in the Fossil Fuel Industry, which directs the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS) to divest from fossil fuels by 2026. MainePERS is now taking public comments about the implementation of LD 99. These comments will be considered in preparing a Request for Proposal to hire one or more consultants to assist MainePERS in developing their response to the divestment laws. It is especially important that MainePERS hears from working and retired public employees, youth, students, and Maine residents that they are in favor of MainePERS implementing LD 99.

 

Show your support for MainePERS divesting from fossil fuels with urgency and transparency by 2026 by submitting written comments no later than March 1st, 2022 to this email: comment@mainepers.org.

Check out our toolkit to find talking points for your comments and learn more about this campaign! 

 

For more general information about divestment, check out this toolkit!

Tribal Sovereignty:

LD 1626 - This session legislators are considering LD 1626, a bill to protect Wabanaki rights by restoring tribal self-government to tribes in Maine. To help pass this bill, check out this action toolkit created by Wabanaki Alliance. Consider writing a letter to Governor Janet Mills urging her to pass this bill.

LD 906 - Legislators are also considering LD 906, an act to provide Passamaquoddy tribal members access to clean drinking water, this bill was heard by the Judiciary Committee on 01/17/22. Please show your support for this bill by writing an LTE or calling your state representatives. Learn more about the bill, talking points for your LTE, and a video explaining the crisis.

Climate Education (LD 1902) - Legislators in the House and the Senate have passed LD 1902, a resolve to establish a pilot program to encourage climate education in Maine public schools. This is not a mandate but rather funding for teachers to receive trainings (professional development) and support from local environmental and climate organizations on interdisciplinary climate education. This bill is likely to pass its committee but since there's $3 million attached to it, our concern is the appropriations committee (they regulate government spending). The Nature Based Education Consortium has a great toolkit to take action on behalf of future generations and teachers! 

Contact the Appropriations Committee to ensure this bill receives full funding!


The Pine Tree Amendment (LD 489) - is an amendment to secure the constitutional right to clean water, clean air and a healthy environment and to the preservation of the natural, cultural and healthful qualities of the environment for generations to come. Check out their website to get involved!

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