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Nonprofit Input Needed At Public Hearings of New Committee

by Brenda Peluso

The Maine Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform will hold a public hearings in various locations around the state.  We encourage nonprofits, which are private, mission-based businesses, to attend and offer cost-savings ideas to the Committee.

While the language the State is using to describe the Committee’s work is very for-profit business centric, we still believe that nonprofit service providers have important insight into how the partnership between state government and nonprofits could be streamlined, saving both the state and nonprofits money.  Here is how the Committee’s work is being described:

“The Committee invites all interested persons to attend [a local hearing] and provide the Committee with suggestions on ways in which to improve the business climate in the State, encourage job creation and retention and expand opportunities for Maine people.

“The Committee will be examining ways in which to eliminate duplicate or unnecessary regulations, streamlining and reducing the time required to obtain necessary business permits and ensuring that a balance, transparent and more predictable decision-making process exists within the regulatory agencies.”

The Meeting Schedule is as follows:

  • Jan 24 Presque Isle, NMCC 1-4pm
  • Jan 26 Belfast, Hutchinson Center, 3-6pm
  • Jan 31 Machias, UM Machias, 1-4pm
  • Feb 2 Bangor, EMCC 3-6pm
  • Feb 3 Auburn, CMCC, 3-6pm
  • Feb 7, Sanford, Town Hall, 3-6pm
  • Feb 9, South Portland, SMCC 3-6pm
  • Feb 14, Augusta, Cross State Bldng, 1-4pm

You may download a copy of the off-site schedule containing a few more details here

You may want to confirm place and time by contacting the Committee Clerk.

Contact information:

Darlene Simoneau, Committee Clerk

Phone: (207) 287-1679

Email: Darlene.Simoneau@legislature.maine.gov

If you attend, please let us know how it went.  Post your comments at the end of this posting so others who follow you can know what to expect.

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