2017-08-09 / Op-Ed

Legislative Update

By Senator Tom Saviello District 17

Maine Legislature adjourns

The Maine Legislature concluded its work for the first session of the 128th Legislature Wednesday, Aug. 2. The motion to adjourn came after the Legislature took up more than two dozen vetoes by the governor and considered a number of other unresolved bills. The effective date for non-emergency bills approved by the Legislature is Nov. 1.

The 128th Legislature will reconvene in January 2018 to begin the second session, which is the shorter of the two and is expected to adjourn next April. Lawmakers may also meet in a special session this fall to vote on proposals approved by Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee. If you have any questions about the 128th Legislature, please contact me or my staff.

Maine Department of Agriculture,

Conservation & Forestry needs your help

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry would like your help to track the flight of the brown tail moth. While there is some concern about the damage these moths inflict while feeding, the more significant concern is the human impact resulting from contact with the poisonous hairs found on the caterpillars. Contact with these hairs causes a rash similar to the rash caused by poison ivy, and it can be severe on some individuals. It can also cause respiratory distress from inhaling the microscopic hairs in the air. For more information on the brown tail moth initiative, visit http://tinyurl.com/h9vsfh2.

Any-Deer permit lottery applications now available

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now accepting online applications for any-dear (antlerless) permits for this year. Permit applications are free to submit and are due by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 15. The drawing will be held Sept. 8 and results will be posted on the IFW website. Due to last year’s mild winter, the department will issue more than 20,000 more permits, making a total of 66,050 permits up for grabs in 22 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. To apply, please visit www20.maine.gov/online/nedeer/.

SMCC offers new construction program

Do you know someone who is interested in a career in construction? If so, Southern Maine Community College has announced a new program called “Construction Institute” which offers training, certificates and a two-year degree option. Sponsored by Maine Quality Centers, this program currently has funding for 16 free spots. Visit startsmart.smccme.edu/constructioninstitute to learn more, and please share with anyone who may be interested.

Plenty of time to visit a Maine agricultural fair

Maine is famous for its agricultural fairs which begin in early summer and run through the first week of October. There are a total of 24 agricultural fairs around the state which feature livestock demonstrations, rides, musical performances and fireworks, among many other attractions.

Visit http://tinyurl.com/ybx7po4o for a complete list of Maine’s agricultural fairs.

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 representing all Franklin County communities, as well as the Kennebec County communities of Belgrade, Fayette, Mount Vernon and Vienna.

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