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LD 1836 - Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds - Maine Key Vote

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Title: Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds

In accordance with Section 21 of Article IX of the Maine Constitution, a two-thirds vote is necessary in both chambers when a bill requires 1 or more local units of government to expand or modify activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenues but does not provide funding for at least 90% of those expenditures.

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Title: Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes a ballot measure for infrastructure bonds.

Highlights:

 

  • Authorizes $10 million in bonds, grants, and trusts to be awarded to local municipalities for the purchase of solar arrays, high-efficiency ductless heat pumps, and modern wood heating systems for buildings and property owned by municipalities and school administrative units (Part D, Sec. D-6).

  • Defines “Community conservation project” as a conservation project of local or regional significance that promotes one or more of the following, including (Part G, Sec. G-1):

    • Public outdoor recreational access to land and waters for underserved populations;

    • Public health and protection of public drinking water supplies;

    • Connections between conserved lands and population centers;

    • Local or regional agricultural production and conservation of community forests;

    • Conservation of cultural and historical resources on undeveloped lands;

    • Protection of lakes, rivers, or streams and conservation of fish or wildlife habitat;

    • Local economic development; and

    • Opportunities for environmental learning and nonmotorized transportation options.

  • Establishes the Municipal Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program in order to support municipalities and school administrative units in the following, including (Part E, Sec. E-1):

    • Reducing energy costs and carbon emissions;

    • Facilitating the development of renewable energy resources; and 

    • Creating local jobs related to the building of renewable energy facilities and installation of energy-efficient equipment.

See How Your Politicians Voted

Title: Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that establishes a ballot measure for infrastructure bonds.

Highlights:

 

  • Authorizes $10 million in bonds, grants, and trusts to be awarded to local municipalities for the purchase of solar arrays, high-efficiency ductless heat pumps, and modern wood heating systems for buildings and property owned by municipalities and school administrative units (Part D, Sec. D-6).

  • Defines “Community conservation project” as a conservation project of local or regional significance that promotes one or more of the following, including (Part G, Sec. G-1):

    • Public outdoor recreational access to land and waters for underserved populations;

    • Public health and protection of public drinking water supplies;

    • Connections between conserved lands and population centers;

    • Local or regional agricultural production and conservation of community forests;

    • Conservation of cultural and historical resources on undeveloped lands;

    • Protection of lakes, rivers, or streams and conservation of fish or wildlife habitat;

    • Local economic development; and

    • Opportunities for environmental learning and nonmotorized transportation options.

  • Establishes the Municipal Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program in order to support municipalities and school administrative units in the following, including (Part E, Sec. E-1):

    • Reducing energy costs and carbon emissions;

    • Facilitating the development of renewable energy resources; and 

    • Creating local jobs related to the building of renewable energy facilities and installation of energy-efficient equipment.

Title: Establishes Ballot Measure for Infrastructure Bonds

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