submitted by Legislative Director Jim Annis
…What a year we’ve had. The Maine Granges have brought many honors upon our membership. I think National Grange knows exactly where Maine is now and that we are potential leaders throughout the nation. Let’s keep the pressure on for the coming year by outdoing the accolades we’ve received this year.
Regarding the four bills that the conference decided that we put in front of the Maine State Legislature, I have some incomplete news. Just call this an update. I charged Representative Paul Davis with submitting the Excessive/Unnecessary Packaging and the Blood Type – Maine Driver’s License resolutions to the Legislature. He has already turned them into the revisor’s office to be made into bills.
The Awarding Construction Contracts resolution has not been submitted as a bill at the suggestion of Senator Doug Thomas. Doug has served on the Transportation Committee for seix years and in that time this type of bill has been argued before the committee many times. It failed every time. One major concern was that if the state wouldn’t allow constuction firms from out-of-state bid then other states would reciprocate likewise preventing Maine firms from bidding in their states.
Senator Thomas is currently researching the possibility of submitting the Rotary/Roundabout Construction resolution to the Legislature. He thinks our concerns are already law and that our resolution would be repetitive. I’ll let you know later on this one.
In the meantime, have a great Christmas and may the good Lord find you all experiencing a super New Year.