Public Policy

Conservation Victories as Legislative Session Nears Completion

April 23, 2024

In the days leading up to their statutory adjournment date, Maine lawmakers from both sides of the aisle overwhelmingly supported two initiatives backed by the state’s land trust community: a blanket sales tax exemption for nonprofits and a $30 million Trails Bond. Sales Tax Exemption Maine currently exempts many nonprofits…

Final Month of 2024 Legislative Session

March 21, 2024

With the Maine Legislature set to adjourn in mid-April, policymakers are busy wrapping up work on what remains of the more than 2,250 bills that legislators have introduced over the past fifteen months. Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) has been tracking and promoting a variety of initiatives in 2024, including…

Priority Conservation Tax Legislation Moves Forward

February 14, 2024

Over the past year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has been advocating for changes to two unrelated state tax statutes: Sales Tax and Open Space.  While the legislature’s Taxation Committee was not prepared to support either initiative in 2023, they set in motion efforts to bring the proposals back in 2024.…

State Legislative Session: 2024 Preview

January 16, 2024

The Maine Legislature returned to Augusta on January 3 to begin the second year of its two-year session. Committees are taking up hundreds of bills carried over from last spring and considering hundreds more before adjourning around mid-April. A variety of issues that are related to Maine’s land trust community…

Legislature Advances Land Conservation

August 1, 2023

Maine’s Legislature adjourned early in the morning on Wednesday, July 26, wrapping up seven months of work. While the session began slowly, it picked up momentum in April. Working with the Governor’s office, legislative allies, and partner organizations, the land trust community successfully supported the enactment of numerous bills that will…

Legislature Begins Final Month of Session

May 31, 2023

It has been a busy year in Augusta and many bills related to the work of Maine’s land trust community have been in play. With roughly a month left in this year’s legislative session, here is an update on some of the key issues.   Land for Maine’s Future In…

March News from August

March 1, 2023

Over the next couple months, state legislative committees will be tackling most of the two thousand or so bills expected to surface in Augusta during 2023. Nearly a thousand bills have been printed as of early March. Here is an update on a few bills related to Maine land trusts.…

Congress Omnibus Bill to Benefit Maine

January 17, 2023

Before Congress adjourned at the end of 2022, they enacted a comprehensive Omnibus Spending bill that President Biden signed into law. In addition to funding the federal government for the current fiscal year ending on September 30, 2023, the bill included a variety of policy changes that will benefit land…

Maine Legislature Getting to Work

January 17, 2023

In mid-January, the Maine Legislature’s nonpartisan Revisor of Statutes’ office released the session’s list of legislative bill requests. Legislators were elected in November, sworn in the first week of December, and had until the end of the year to submit their legislative proposals. The list released in January includes more…

Connecting with Legislative Candidates

October 13, 2022

On November 8th, Maine voters will be heading to the polls to elect 186 individuals who will comprise the state’s 131st Legislature. Due to term limits and other factors, more than 40% of this year’s winners will likely be serving their first terms when they arrive in Augusta in early…