The Legislature’s 2024 agenda is a little clearer, but questions remain

 Rep. Caleb Ness (R-Fryeburg)

LEGISLATIVE BILLS UNDER CONSIDERATION:

The Legislative Council, made up of legislative leadership, met on November 16 to consider additional legislation for the second regular session of the Maine legislature beginning in January. While it is likely that additional bills will be introduced in this “emergency session” there are currently 583 active bills to be considered this coming session. 483 were carried over from last session.

A list of bill requests is available online. 

LEWISTON TRAGEDY: 

Governor Mills has created an independent commission to investigate the events leading up to the mass shooting in Lewiston. We need to know all the facts leading up to the shooting, and why multiple warnings about the accused shooter did not trigger state laws designed to prevent tragedies like this. 

The Governor also:

Launched “Healing Together” – an online clearinghouse of information for Maine people looking for ways to help Lewiston victims and their families, as well as mental health supports for anyone affected; 

Opened a Mental Health Assistance Center in Lewiston to provide mental health services to the broader community; and 

Created a dedicated webpage of behavioral health resources for Maine people, including how to talk to children about gun violence, available online at maine.gov/dhhs

MOVE TOWARD ELIMINATING GAS-POWERED CARS:

In an earlier report, I expressed concern that four unelected Board of Environmental Protection members are on a path toward elimination of gas-powered vehicles in Maine by passing the so-called “California Rule” mandating sale of electric vehicles. A similar move regarding trucks was halted (for now). At some point in December a formal vote will be taken. 

Many of my colleagues tried to introduce bills to require legislative approval of this devastating idea, but the Legislative Council did not let them in. If people want to buy electric vehicles, that should be their choice. Mandating their sale would have devastating consequences for the Maine economy and citizens struggling to survive.

This holiday season, I wish you and your family all the best. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance at Caleb.Ness@legislature.maine.gov or call 207 287-1440. Thank you for your interest reading this and for your input and support.

Sincerely, 

Rep. Caleb Ness (R-Fryeburg)

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