GrowSmart Maine Testimony 2019

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Legislative Testimony

2019 Legislative Update on Broadband Policy First Regular Session of the 129th Legislative Session

GrowSmart Maine Legislative Review for First Regular Session of the 129th Legislative Session, 2019


LD 91, “An Act to Eliminate Gross Metering”

LD 199, “An Act To Create the Water Resources Planning Committee”

LD 563, “An Act to Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise ”

LD 565, “An Act To Establish the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission”

LD 797, “An Act To Limit Greenhouse Gas Pollution and Effectively Use
Maine’s Natural Resources”

In support of bond issues to address sea level rise and ocean fisheries

In Support of LD 1711, “An Act to Promote Solar Energy Products and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine”

In support of LD 1679, “An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change”


LD 31, “An Act Regarding Rules Adopted by the ConnectME Authority”

LD 173, “An Act to promote Economic Development and Critical Communications for Family farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investment in High-speed Internet”

LD 295, “An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Increase Rural Maine’s Access to Broadband Internet Service”

LD 854, “An Act To Improve Tax Incentives for Broadband Service”

Neither For Nor Against LD 1248, “Resolve, To Direct the ConnectME Authority To Report on the Progress of the Detailed 2019-2021 Strategic Plan for Broadband Service in Maine”

LD 1063, “An Act to Support the Role of Municipalities in Expanding Broadband Infrastructure ”

In opposition to LD 1651, “An Act To Promote Equitable and Responsible Broadband Investment”

In opposition to LD 1742, “An Act to Encourage Broadband Deployment in Unserved Areas”


LD 50, “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Improve the Development of a Long-range Strategic Plan for Economic Improvement in the State”

In support of LD 1520, “An Act to Create and Sustain Jobs through Development of Cooperatives and Employee-owned Businesses”

Regional/Land Use Planning

LD 568, “An Act To Change the Composition of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission”

LD 970, “An Act To Encourage Policies Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units
under Local Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Requirements”

Neither For Nor Against LD 1192, “An Act To Establish Municipal Access to Utility Poles Located in Municipal Rights-of-way”

In opposition to LD 1391, “An Act to Ensure Consistency of Language in Municipal Documents with the Language in Comprehensive Plans ”

In opposition to LD 1391, “An Act to Ensure Consistency of Language in Municipal Documents with the Language in Comprehensive Plans ”

In support of Maine Housing Low Income Housing Tax Credit 2020 Qualified Allocation Plan

Maine Uniform Energy and Building Code

-In opposition LD 921 An Act To Amend the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC)
– In support of LD 855 An Act To Strengthen the MUBEC
– In support of LD 1509 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the MUBEC
– Neither for nor against LD 1543 An Act To Clarify the Limits of the MUBEC

In Opposition to Deletion of Part OO, Governor’s Change Package for LD 1001


Increased Levels of Municipal Revenue Sharing as Proposed in LD 1001, “An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020, and June 30, 2021″

In support of LD 1836, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Infrastructure, Economic Development, Workforce Development, and Energy and Environment Investment

State Agency Testimony

Heather Johnson’s nomination for Commissioner of DECD

Anne Head for Commissioner of the Dept of Professional and Financial Regulation

Regarding proposed changes to LUPC rules of adjacency and subdivision

Amanda Beal for Commissioner of Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry

Gwen Hilton’s nomination to the LUPC

Support of Additional Resources for Components of the former State Planning Office

In support of Gwen Hilton’s nomination to the LUPC

In support of the nomination of Phil Bartlett to serve as Chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission

Federal Testimony

Transportation for America Letter- Transportation for America sent a letter to Congress, that GSM signed on to, calling for Members to use fiscal year 2020 appropriations and the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization as two opportunities to fundamentally change the federal transportation program.