GrowSmart Maine is preparing to gear up and engage in the first session of the 128thLegislature! As we weigh in on key issues, we will post our progress and views here on our site. We hope you too will engage in the process, sharing your thoughts with us and with your elected officials.
A few policy areas are key to our mission of building lasting prosperity for all Mainers without sacrificing the quality of life that defines Maine. Some issues tie directly back to earlier work of GrowSmart Maine, based on the action plan outlined in Charting Maine’s Future. We will be working to focus on those bills and proposals where we can most effectively make a difference in protecting Maine’s unique quality places, while we all focus on growing our economy in a sustainable way.
For the list of bills that we are targeting within these issues, and our testimony on those bills, visit and subscribe to our blog. As the bills travel to the House and Senate Chambers, you can check out each day’s calendar here: http://legislature.maine.gov/calendar/#Daily For more information on the Legislative process in general, go to http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/path/path.htm .
Contact your Legislator
With the new 128th Maine Legislature in session, 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 include 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 lasting prosperity for all Mainers.
Grassroots support makes it possible
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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