Lawmakers’ ‘red tape’ tour to stop in Presque Isle

Posted Jan. 23, 2011, at 4:33 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A newly formed legislative committee is starting a statewide series of hearings to find out what the public has to say about regulatory reform.

The Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform kicks off its hearings Monday at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle. A hearing also is scheduled for Wednesday at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

Five more hearings are scheduled for the following weeks in Machias, Bangor, Auburn, Sanford and South Portland.

Republican Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry says the public hearing tour will enable job creators to share their challenges with Maine regulations and share proposed solutions with legislators.

House Speaker Robert Nutting of Oakland says that rather than making people come to Augusta to be heard, the Legislature is taking the discussion to them.