Climate Council Legislation Updates

With the legislative session moving along, we’ll be keeping you apprised of bills related to recommendations from the Maine Won’t Wait.

  • LD 226 (link), An Act To Limit the Use of Hydrofluorocarbons to Fight Climate Change, is under consideration by the Legislature’s Committee On Environment and Natural Resources. This bill would implement Maine Wont Wait’s recommendation to replace hydrofluorocarbons with climate-friendly alternatives in Strategy B, Modernize Maine’s Buildings, and the committee has scheduled a public hearing for the bill on March 15th. 

  • LD 722 (link), Resolve, To Study the Establishment of the Maine Climate Corps, is under consideration by the Legislature’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. This bill would implement Maine Wont Wait’srecommendation to start a “Maine Climate Corps” for climate-related workforce development in Strategy H, Engage with Maine People and Communities. The committee has scheduled a public hearing for the bill on March 22nd.

  • LD 940 (link), An Act To Establish Appliance Energy and Water Standards, has been referred to the Legislature’s Committee On Environment and Natural Resources. This bill would implement Maine Wont Wait’s recommendation to implement Maine appliance standards in Strategy B, Modernize Maine’s Buildings. The committee has not yet scheduled a public hearing for this bill.

  • LD 340 (link), An Act To Allow for the Establishment of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs, is currently under consideration by the Legislature’s Committee On Energy, Utilities and Technology. This bill would implement one of the funding recommendations of Maine Won’t Wait, and the committee held a work planning session for the bill on March 4th.

SOILS

  • LD 437 (link), An Act To Establish the Maine Healthy Soils Program, is currently under consideration by the Legislature’s Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. This bill would implement Maine Wont Wait’s recommendation to increase technical services to farmers in Strategy E, Protect Maine’s Environment and Working Lands and Waters. The committee held a public hearing for the bill on March 4th.