Land Use Planning and Community Investments, Innovation and Land Conservation and Natural Resource Sector Viability. These are the issues that GrowSmart Maine considers to be the priorities in protecting Maine’s quality of place and promoting sustainable prosperity in Maine. Here we will list the specific bills that we are targeting in the 127th Legislature within these issues. For more information on the Legislative process in general, go to http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/path/path.htm .
Now that the 127th Maine Legislature has been determined, it is the perfect time to call and introduce yourself to your State Representative and State Senator. As a former legislator, I can tell you that one individual really can make a difference, if you choose to engage with your elected officials.
Start by calling your Representative and Senator, and simply introduce yourself; who you are, where you live, and maybe a bit about your background. And then suggest a meeting to follow up. In Maine, we have a citizen's legislature, designed with the intention of having those who are elected be approachable by their constituents. There are not many states where official state business cards including the home address and phone number, but that's how we do it here!
Now is the time to develop a relationship with your elected officials. Let them know what issues you care about, in what areas you have expertise and experience that might be helpful to them. Consider offering to be a resource for issues that matter to you. Legislators are bombarded with information from so many sources, it's sometimes difficult to determine which are credible. If you are up for it, most elected officials will be most appreciative of your interest and energy.
Finally, now is the time to let your elected officials know on which issues they might expect to hear from you. It may be premature to ask them to vote a certain way; issues are complex and legislation can change dramatically through the course of public hearings, work sessions, and even amendments offered in the House or Senate. Just let your legislators know which components of an issue are most important, and offer your expertise throughout the process.
Here is the link where you can find contact information for all elected officials:
I encourage you to start today, with a brief phone call or email leaving your contact information and your offer to connect.
As the year progresses, GrowSmart Maine will help keep you up to date on legislation and other actions relevant to protecting Maine's special places and growing our economy to create sustainable prosperity for all Mainers.
All of us at GrowSmart Maine want to thank you for your ongoing support and participation. Your Legislators need to hear from Maine people, businesses, organizations and communities around the state. They are elected by the people to serve the people and are your voice in Augusta.
Please stay tuned as we continue to work together toward a prosperous and sustainable future for all of us.
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