2017-04-19 / Op-Ed

Legislative Update

By Senator Tom Saviello District 17

Maine Legislature approves REAL ID Compliance Bill

The Maine Legislature has given initial approval to LD 306, “An Act to Require State Compliance with Federal REAL ID Guidelines.” The bill is designed to make Maine driver’s licenses and non-driver state identification cards compliant with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. If Maine does not comply with the REAL ID Act, residents of the state will not be able to use their existing ID cards to board commercial airplanes, beginning in January 2018. Maine’s non-compliance with the law is already preventing Mainers from entering certain federal facilities. This bill is now in the Senate awaiting final enactment.

State launches new TV ad to combat opioid abuse

Maine’s Attorney General has announced a new television ad warning of the link between prescription painkillers and heroin addiction. The ad is the latest installment in the “Dose of Reality” public education campaign launched in 2016. The ad will be made available to Maine broadcasters over the coming months. The AG says four out of five people who use heroin report their substance abuse began with a prescription painkiller. In 2016, 378 Mainers died as a result of a drug overdose. The new ad, entitled “Path to Heroin,” can be viewed online at the www.doseofrealitymaine.org website.

Ice-out dates for Maine lakes

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is tracking Maine Lake “Ice-Out.” This annual effort provides boaters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts with information, data and resources to help plan outdoor adventures on Maine lakes. It is available for spring 2017 and for previous years on an “Ice-Out” webpage maintained by the department. The public is invited to assist this effort by reporting ice-out dates for water bodies throughout the state. The department considers “ice-out” to be when you can navigate unimpeded from one end of the water body to the other. For more information please visit: http://tinyurl.com/peczfch.

If you have any questions, please call me at 645-3420 or email me at drtom16@hotmail.com. Thank you for the pleasure of serving you as your District 17 Senator.

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