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Maine Regulatory Fairness Board Invites Nonprofit Feedback

by Brenda Peluso

We met recently with Jay Martin, Small Business Advocate in the Office of the Secretary of State, and he shared with us this recent notice:

The Maine Regulatory Fairness Board (RFB) invites public testimony on regulatory and statutory issues that impact Maine businesses – including nonprofits – 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.

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
  • Hon. Douglas Smith, 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

E-mail: jay.martin@maine.gov

Websites:

www.maine.gov/sos/sba

www.maine.gov/sos/sba/rfb.html

This meeting is not a full public hearing, but there will be time set aside for public comment.  If you have a suggestion or complaint about specific state rules and regulations that impede your ability to meet mission, this may be an appropriate forum to air your comments.

 

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