The Maine Legislature returned to Augusta the first week of January. The last month or so most events have centered on members having bills drafted and referred to their appropriate committee. Many committees have been holding informational sessions to better understand their committee’s areas of jurisdiction and the agencies they will be dealing with for the next two years. With an exceptionally large freshman class of legislators, this has been an important task.
Public hearings have just started to get into full swing. Not unexpectedly, our main focus will be monitoring the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee (ACF) and especially the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee (VLA). More...