Maine ‘red tape’ panel schedules two more meetings

Posted Feb. 06, 2011, at 3:44 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Two more public meetings are on tap for the legislative panel that’s going around Maine to hear what business owners and others have to say about state regulations, which many say are excessive.

The Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform will hold meetings Monday at Sanford Town Hall and Wednesday at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

The meetings are two of seven being held around the state to give entrepreneurs, builders, contractors, farmers, fishermen and other Mainers an opportunity to share their views on improving Maine’s business climate.

During a meeting Thursday at Central Maine Community College in Auburn, not everybody was in favor of rolling back regulations, especially those providing environmental protections. Some said a clean environment is an attraction to many businesses.