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For Immediate Release

Date: 02/03/11

Regulatory Reform Committee Sets Two Southern Maine Meetings

AUGUSTA - The Legislature's Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform will hold two meetings in southern Maine early this month to collect examples of onerous and excessive regulation. The meetings are open to the public.

On Monday, Feb. 7, the committee will convene at Sanford Town Hall, at 919 Main Street in Sanford. The session will begin at 1 p.m.

The other meeting will take place at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Howe Hall, Room 306. The address is 2 Fort Road, in South Portland.

The meetings are two of seven being held around the state to give entrepreneurs, builders, contractors, farmers, fishermen and other Mainers an opportunity to share their views on improving Maine's business climate. The goal is to foster a friendlier environment for job creation and job retention by simplifying and streamlining the state's regulatory and permitting requirements.

"The idea is to take the Legislature to the people rather than ask folks to come to Augusta," said State Rep. Jon McKane (R-Newcastle), the House chair of the committee. "We have been to Presque Isle, Belfast, Machias and Auburn. Now we're traveling to southern Maine as we wrap up our listening tour.

"This is a chance for people to come forward and tell us how we're stifling progress and deterring economic growth," he said. "We're hearing very little about repealing environmental regulations, but we are hearing quite a bit about the permitting procedures at the Department of Environmental Protection. There is a lack of empathy for business owners. Folks complain about a lack of a sense of urgency by state bureaucrats, and they cite the difficulty of satisfying confusing and seemingly irrational demands."

The bipartisan Regulatory Fairness and Reform Committee consists of five state senators and 10 state representatives. Sen. Jonathan Courtney (R-York) is the Senate chair.

For more information, anyone interested in attending the meetings can call the committee clerk, Darlene Simoneau, at 207-287-1679. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
Tel: (207) 287-1445