Dear Brothers and Sisters,
At last years conference, I was charged with submitting three resolutions to the Maine State Legislature which I did. Sadly, not one of the resolutions was developed into a law of the State of Maine.
I will try to explain the disposition of each bill. Each bill was of good intention, but had various reasons for ultimate failure.
The Excessive/Unnecessary Packaging resolution put forth by York Pomona No. 14 was presented to the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. I was the only proponent of the bill. There were several opponents to the bill such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association and toy manufacturers. The bill died in the House and Senate.
The Awarding of Construction Contracts resolution put forth by Green Mountain Pomona No. 26 was never presented to the Legislature as a bill. This was at the suggestion of State Senator Doug Thomas. His explanation was that this bill has been seen before by the Legislature and the consensus, at that time, was that if the State of Maine restricted construction contracts to Maine businesses only, there would be retaliations from neighboring states resulting in Maine contractors restricted from working in those neighboring states.
The Blood Type – Maine Drivers Licenses resolution put forth by Green Mountain Pomona No. 26 died because of a fiscal note to the bill. The State of Maine Appropriations Committee denied the bill because the cost to implement this resolution would cost the state $72,800.
In Faith, Hope and Charity
State Legislative Director