Governor LePage Signs Bill Aimed at Reducing Red Tape in Maine’s Maple Industry

March 14, 2012

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – In the spirit of Agriculture Day, held in the Hall of Flags this morning, Governor Paul LePage signed LD 1689 “Resolve, To Exempt Maple Sugarhouses from the 1,000-foot Setback Requirement of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission.”

“I was pleased to sign this bill which further reduces red tape in Maine’s maple industry,” said Governor LePage. “This bill takes an important step toward reducing the cost of doing business and streamlining the permitting process for Maine’s job creators. In order to make Maine prosperous, we need to work with businesses, so they can expand and produce more jobs for Mainers,” continued the Governor.

LD 1689 directs the Maine Land Use Regulatory Commission to amend its rules to exempt maple sugar houses from the 1,000-foot setback requirement. The bill significantly streamlines the process that developers undergo when building sugar houses. This bill is also expected to reduce the costs associated with the permitting process for sugar houses.

Other public laws signed by the Governor on March 14, 2012 include:

An Act To Amend the Application Process for the Progressive Treatment Program
S.P. 285 – L.D. 897

An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Pharmacy Interns
H.P. 1217 – L.D. 1608

An Act To Amend the Organization of the Quality Assurance Review Committee
S.P. 535 – L.D. 1625

An Act To Extend Certain Insurance Protection to Emergency Responders
H.P. 1226 – L.D. 1636

An Act To Correct Errors in Recently Enacted Laws Governing Agency Liquor Stores (Emergency)
S.P. 562 – L.D. 1663

An Act To Conform Maine’s Prescription Drug Privacy Laws with the United States Constitution
S.P. 578 – L.D. 1679

An Act Regarding the Oversight and Safety of Certain Commercial Vessels Operating in Maine Waters
H.P. 1321 – L.D. 1795

An Act To Increase the Amount of Time an Employer May Employ an Employee without Being Charged for Unemployment Benefits
H.P. 1352 – L.D. 1832