LD 1481 passed on Monday night in both the House and Senate. The amendment passed by the House a couple of weeks ago had already been stripped, and the Bill passed in a very restrictive form. With this Bill as law citizens would have only 75 days to challenge a development proposal through citizen referendum.My friend likes exclamation points. But I agree . We need to call on this one.
LD 1481 now goes to the Governor. He needs calls from citizens. 287-3531
The Attorney General recently indicated in a memo that the Bill likely constitutes an unfunded mandate because it could require towns to spend money to speed up their referendum process to meet the restrictive time frame imposed by 1481. However the mandate was not attached to the Bill.
The Governor has grounds to veto it, but he needs to hear from you. Even if you have already called the governor, please call again TODAY. 287-3531. Mention:
This issue is critical to the future of Maine. Please call TODAY!!
- The burden on towns when the State tells towns how to manage their referendum process, traditionally decided through LOCAL CONTROL.
- Citizens will be stripped of their rights to determine the future of their own towns, while Big Box developers will be given a green light to make secret development deals that cannot be stopped by citizen petition after an unrealistic 75 days. And a public hearing is not even required by the bill!
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Worried about big box developers? Call the Governor ASAP.
Memo from a friend:
Posted by Alna Dem at 8:34 PM