September 26, 2017
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House gives final approval to regulatory reform bill

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House has given its final approval to a bill seeking to improve Maine’s regulatory climate.

Representatives voted 147-3 Wednesday for the bill, which awaits final Senate approval pending a fiscal review.

Originally proposed by Gov. Paul LePage, the bill underwent significant changes after seven public hearings across the state.

The version that passed Wednesday establishes an environmental self-audit program, strengthens the business assistance office in the Department of Economic and Community Development, streamlines permitting, and trims the size of the Board of Environmental Protection from 10 to seven.

It also creates a position within the Secretary of State’s Office to advocate on behalf of certain businesses.

The bill was passed with strong bipartisan support.

 


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