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LURC draws fire, support during legislative hearing

By Christopher Cousins AUGUSTA, Maine — Supporters and opponents of the Land Use Regulation Commission turned out in droves Tuesday to either trash or sing the praises of the commission and its 40 years of influence over more than 10 million acres of Maine’s Unorganized Territory. Depending on who was speaking, LURC either protects Maine’s North Woods from rampant and destructive sprawl or stands in the way of economic development that could curb a more than 10 percent average unemployment rate in the Unorganized Territory. Read Full Story in the Bangor Daily...

LURC abolition bill introduced

By Mal Leary, Capitol News Service AUGUSTA, Maine — The 40-year- old Maine Land Use Regulation Commission would be abolished and zoning responsibilities for the state’s Unorganized Territory transferred to the counties under a measure introduced by Rep. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville. “The issue for me was the Plum Creek hearings and the costs for that permitting,” he said. “My bill would send this whole thing back to the counties and let the counties develop a plan and a permitting process.” Full Article on:...

PLC Member Input Requested: RE: LD 1543 and LD 1552 (Bonded Labor)

LD 1552 is scheduled on today’s House calendar.  Status, tabled pending motion to accept majority Ought to Pass committee report. Click Here to find YOUR State Representative Click Here for House Audio As many of you are, aware there are currently two bills currently in legislative committee regarding the use of bonded labor in Maine.  They are: LD 1545 – An Act To Protect Maine Workers Sponsored by Senator Troy Jackson (D – Aroostook) Latest Committee Action: VOTED, Mar 11, 2010, Ant. Div. Rep. LD 1552 – An Act To Improve Employment Opportunities for Maine Workers in the Forest Industry Sponsored by Representative John Martin (D – Eagle Lake) Latest Committee Action: VOTED, Mar 8, 2010, Ant. Div. Rep. I have attached PDF Versions of each bill for you to review. I should note that each bill is expected to come out of committee with a divided report along party lines, with the majority party’s recommendation of  “Ought to Pass”, prevailing. A few points to consider In Favor of the legislation: – Penalties imposed for use of bonded labor are intended to level the playing field and increase employment of Maine workers – Bonded Labor effects the labor market, lowering wages, passage would mean landowners would need to pay more for existing labor force – Fewer workers could limit production leading to an increase in wood prices – Increased uniformity in bidding of jobs due to similar labor expense – Bonded Laborers have little to no impact on local economies, because money earned is not spent locally – Increased employment of Maine workers would help local economy as money...