February 22, 2012
Contact: Megan Sanborn
(207) 441-0501

Maine Regulatory Fairness Board to Meet This Friday, February 24 in Augusta

The Maine Regulatory Fairness Board (RFB) invites public testimony on regulatory and statutory issues that impact Maine businesses at its next meeting on Friday, February 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Secretary of State’s office, located at 103 Sewall Street in Augusta.

To effectively report to the Legislature and the Governor on regulatory conflicts, the Board elicits public comment from Maine business owners/managers and the public concerning: specific state rules and regulations that may unreasonably impede business sustainability and growth; and recommendations for regulatory and statutory change that may enhance Maine’s business climate.

The Board holds hearings in Augusta and statewide to invite testimony that highlights and details regulations in need of scrutiny and amendment. The Board also weighs public comments and addresses administrative matters to advance operational goals and objectives. These public comments directly set the Board’s agendas and greatly inform the Board’s recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature. Public participation is an essential element to achieving the Board’s goals and objectives. The Board encourages businesses to please consider attending meetings whenever possible to share their valuable insights.

The Board is chaired by Secretary of State, Charles E. Summers, Jr. and is comprised of four members, who are or have been owners or operators of Maine businesses. It is staffed by Maine’s Small Business Advocate, Jay Martin. Private sector members of the Board volunteer their time and their unique expertise to serve as liaisons between the State’s business community, regulatory authorities, and lawmakers.

Board Members:
Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr., Scarborough - Chairman
Mr. Mark A. Tyler, Oakland - Vice Chairman
Ms. Patricia Kuhl, Brunswick
Mr. Michael R. Cote, Whiting
Douglas Smith Esq., Dover-Foxcroft

For more information, please contact:

Jay Martin, Small Business Advocate
Office of the Secretary of State
148 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0148
Office: (207) 626-8410             Cell: (207) 215-5871
Fax: (207) 287-8598    

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