Submitted by Jim Annis, Legislative Director
Now is the time to think about your Grange’s resolutions for the next conference coming up in October. Subordinate Granges can submit their resolutions directly to State Grange. However, I’ve found it more favorable to share each resolution with our Pomona Grange. It can be more appealing when fleshed out by getting all Granges within the Pomona involved providing, of course, if it’s of interest to the Pomona. Resolution 13 as listed in last year’s convention bulletin directs that all resolutions to be sent to State Grange by August 15th. That means for those of you who meet but once a month, you have only four more meetings to put your resolutions together. OK, let’s get busy and top the 13 resolutions we had to discuss last year. Here’s a report of the status of last year’s resolutions.
In November 2012 I submitted five resolutions, as recommended by various Granges at the State Grange conference, to local legislators to be made into bills for the Maine State Legislature. The titles of the bills were Fluoride in the Municipal Water systems, Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Bicycle Traffic Safety Laws and Secondary Roads.
The Fluoride in the Municipal Water Systems resolution asks that the Department of Human and Health Services and the Center for Disease Control enforce the public health recommendations regarding fluoridated municipal water systems.
The Smoke Detectors resolution asks that all pre-owned homes be equipped with working smoke detectors at the time title of the property passes.
The Carbon Monoxide Detectors resolution asks that all new and pre-owned homes sold be equipped with working carbon monoxide detectors at the time title of the property passes.
The Bicycle Traffic Safety Laws resolution asks that all law enforcement agencies enforce all bicycle infractions of the law governing the operation of bicycles as they would all other moving vehicles.
The Secondary Roads resolution asked that the State Department of Transportation, or the local municipality which maintains the roads, to paint a centerline on the secondary roads. I was informed by Senator Doug Thomas that the state could not enforce such a law on local municipalities. That responsibility is entirely up to town or city ordinances. This would require that the resolution be presented to every municipality throughout the state.
At this point in time I haven’t been made aware of the scheduling of these resolutions for a public hearing. However, as they are scheduled I will make State Grange is informed of the time, place and date of the public hearings.