As Maine's 126th Legislature moves closer to the end of its session, MOFGA is focusing its policy efforts on rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Protection. MOFGA, in its partnership with the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, is gathering signatures to require the disclosure of information about the intentional use of the hormone-disrupting chemicals phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) in consumer products. The Department can then analyze the information collected to assess potential exposure, the availability of safer alternatives, and whether additional action is needed.
MOFGA also will be monitoring rulemaking developments at the Board of Pesticides Control and will post position statements and action alerts accordingly.
Through the Spring, Summer and Fall, MOFGA's Public Policy Committee will identify priority legislation and develop campaigns for the next Legislature.
What you can do about bills in the Legislature:
Attend a public hearing and testify as an individual.
If your senator or representative serves on the committee hearing the bill, contact her directly.
Contact each committee member directly.
If the bill goes to the floor, contact your legislators.
How to find your legislator and get contact information: www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy or www.maine.gov/legis/ How to track a bill: go to www.maine.gov/legis/ and type in the bill LD # in the upper right of the screen. Click on "committee info" to find out the bill’s status.
Questions or comments, please contact Jo Ann Myers, MOFGA Public Policy Chair at email@example.com.