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LURC reform bill already generating political tensions

If their first two meetings are any indication, lawmakers on the committee that oversees the Land Use Regulation Commission could face a rocky road as they prepare to take up a list of recommended reforms to the state agency.

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Coalition touts renewable energy for Maine

Leaders of a coalition that's pushing for a referendum to mandate increased use of renewable energy in Maine said Wednesday their initiative would reduce dependence on foreign oil while lowering residential energy bills.

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Battle Over Renewable Energy Raging At State House

 A group supporting a referendum drive to increase renewable energy in Maine spoke about its plan Wednesday. Meanwhile, Governor LePage vehemently spoke out against it.

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Planning in the North Woods an issue for all Mainers

At 10.4 million acres, the North Woods cover more than half of the state of Maine. They are also the lungs of the state, and the headwaters of most of our major rivers. Control of the majority of the state's land must rest not in a minority of its citizens, but in a body appointed by elected officials who represent all of us.

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LURC reforms stronger without county opt-out, if members face legislative review

We are pleased that the LURC reform task force has rejected the extreme proposal to eliminate the commission, and has instead focused on how to increase the role the counties play in governing the land. While we support the majority of the task force's recommendations, we have serious reservations about the provision to allow counties to opt out of LURC.

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