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In Summary…

The Legislative Digest of Bill Summaries and Enacted Laws for the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature is complete and is now available online through the following link:  http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/opla/billsummnew.htm.

The Digest includes summaries of all bills considered, all adopted amendments and all laws enacted or finally passed during the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature.  The Digest is posted on OPLA’s website in the form of separate searchable pdf files for each committee, as well as a searchable pdf file of the entire publication.  Session statistics, including those for each individual committee, are also posted on the website.

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February State revenue

The Commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services Revenue Report for the month of February 2016 has been posted at http://www.maine.gov/osc/finanrept/revenue.shtml  .  It includes a combined chart report of revenues along with a memo and taxable sales information.

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Greetings of the Season!

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

I thank you for the opportunity to be of service in the Maine Legislature.

Chuck Kruger

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Revenue Report

The Commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services Revenue Report for the month of November 2015 has now been posted and a copy is attached.  It includes the Commissioner’s memo, a combined chart report of revenues and a taxable sales summary.

http://www.maine.gov/osc/finanrept/revenue.shtml

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Ocean acidification MUST be addressed

A number of studies have been done in the Gulf of Maine. They focus on acidification, however, part of that, in particular in coastal shellfish areas, is attributed to local run off http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/Oceanacidificationreport.pdf

see summary:

In addition to atmospheric CO2, there are two other drivers of inshore acidification potentially very important to Maine’s marine resources: freshwater runoff and nutrient loading from onshore sources.

1. Freshwater runoff is typically more acidic than seawater. Two of the most concerning impacts of climate change affecting ocean acidification in the Northeastern United States are greater annual precipitation and more frequent extreme precipitation events. Adding to the difficult task of understanding how Maine’s marine environment is acidifying, the dominant source of freshwater to the larger Gulf of Maine comes from watersheds and melting ice to the north entering from the Scotian Shelf.

2. Organic matter entering Maine’s coastal waters can also increase acidity. For example, large phytoplankton blooms resulting from the addition of excess nutrients eventually decompose and release CO2.

Gina Snyder    EPA – New England Assistance and Pollution Prevention

(617) 918-1837     http://www.epa.gov/region1/sso/toolbox.html

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Fortunately, there is a great team working on this issue led by my colleagues, Rep. Mick Devin and Sen. Chris Johnson. Details  here.

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Sept. Revenue Report

The Revenue Report for the month of September has now been posted to the web.  This includes a combined chart report of revenues along with the memo and taxable sales.

http://www.maine.gov/osc/finanrept/revenue.shtml

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DAV Services in Rockland 10/8

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
          Mobile Service Office
~
Will be in the parking lot outside the
Rockland CareerCenter
91 Camden St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8
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DAV’s Mobile Service Office program brings benefit
and services education to veterans and their
families where they live. Aided by Department and
Chapter Service Officers, Mobile Service Offices
travel to communities across the country, to
counsel and assist veterans to develop, file and win
claims for benefits administered under federal,
state and local laws.

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NOTICE to those who drive through downtown Thomaston

NOTICE
MAINE WATER COMPANY’S WATER MAIN
REPLACEMENT PROJECT ON MAIN STREET UPDATE
Beginning on Monday, October 5th there will be NO PARKING on
Main Street in front of the business block or in front of Watts Hall and
the Knox Hotel Apartments while the Maine Water Company replaces
the water line. This will continue for up to two weeks. Plenty of parking
will be available behind the stores.
The replacement of the water main on Main Street is in its final
stage. The new line has been installed from Fish Street to Beechwood
and from Water Tower Road to the east end of the Mall. Now the two
sections must be connected together. To do this the contractor will
start at Beechwood Street and work toward the Mall. Traffic may be
reduced to one lane causing some slow movement through the center
of town. Please use an alternative route if possible

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July Revenue Report

The Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services has released the July revenue report of General Fund and Highway Fund revenue.  The report, which consists of the Commissioner’s letter, the revenue tables and taxable sales data, is available through the link below.

http://www.maine.gov/osc/finanrept/revenue.shtml

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Digest of bill summaries

The Legislative Digest of Bill Summaries and Enacted Laws for the First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature is complete and is now available on the website of the Legislature’s Office of Policy and Legal Analysis:  http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/opla/legdig127th-1st.htm

The Digest includes summaries of all bills considered, all committee amendments, as well as adopted floor amendments, and all laws enacted or finally passed during the First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature.  The Digest is posted in the form of separate searchable pdf files by each individual committee as well as non-searchable pdfs of the entire two-volume publication;  session statistics, including statistics for each individual committee, are also posted.

Happy summer!

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