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Legislative Update
Spring 2022

While much has changed in the world in the past months, the MEREDA Public Policy Committee has continued to stay engaged on critical matters impacting our members.

Adjournment of 130th Legislature

May 11, 2022 — 130th Legislature Adjourns Sine Die on May 9, 2022

The Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature adjourned sine die (meaning “without day,” or without intent to return) on May 9, 2022. Pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Section 16, the general effective date for nonemergency laws passed in the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature is Monday, August 8, 2022.

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New Horizons in Housing

May 11, 2022 — What Public Law 2021, Chapter 672 (LD 2003), the “Housing Act” Means for Maine

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Action Alert!  LD 201 – MEREDA Needs Your Help!

April 8, 2022 — Contact your legislators today to tell them why you support the Maine Historic Tax Credit, and why it’s so important to ensure that the bill is removed from the Special Appropriations Table now and finally enacted this year. You can find talking points on the importance of this program here. Tell your representatives that it’s important for developers to have certainty that this tax credit will be available to ensure that they can safely put projects in the development pipeline.

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MEREDA Supports the Majority Report of LD 2003

MEREDA supports the majority report for LD 2003 and urges you to contact your House member or Senator in support of the majority report to help building more housing for Maine! The majority of the Labor and Housing Committee of the Legislature voted to support LD 2003, An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions.


Educational Opportunity for Members:

Check out this upcoming event regarding an alternative to existing top-down vernal pool regulation!
Courtesy of Cathance River Education Alliance

Developer’s Toolkit:
A Guide to Winning Community Support for Land Use Development Projects

Designed to help developers of all sizes and levels of experience, the Developer’s Toolkit is a first-of-its-kind modular document that covers all public-facing aspects of a development project, including: project scoping, municipal approval processes, public communications and media relations. In addition to general advice and MEREDA Pro Tips, the Developer’s Toolkit includes examples and templates to help developers jump-start the pre-development strategic planning process and guide developers through the project approval process.

The Developer’s Toolkit is an example of the kinds of resources, guidance, and programming that MEREDA offers its members.