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Lawmakers tell conservation commissioner: Give us a LURC bill

Members of a state task force created to reform the Land Use Regulation Commission urged lawmakers Tuesday to quickly pass changes to LURC’s structure and rules. Many lawmakers balked, saying quick action was premature.

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Fine-tune LURC Fix

Legislators, who represent more divergent views than those on the LURC Reform Commission, should not hesitate to tweak the task force's recommendations.

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LePage opposes renewable energy mandate in Maine

Gov. Paul LePage is urging residents not to sign a referendum petition aimed at requiring at least 20 percent of Maine's electricity come from new renewable energy sources by 2020

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Maine environmentalists gearing up for battle this legislative session

While closing another budget gap will be their top priority, lawmakers are expected to grapple with a number of complex and potentially contentious issues dealing with the environment, land use and Maine's energy mix during the shortened legislative session that began Wednesday.

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Our View: Northwoods regulation should maintain balance

Maine's North Woods are a state treasure, a vast stretch of undeveloped land big enough to support wildlife habitat and the forest products industry, a leading source of jobs and wealth for the state. Altogether, it is a precious resource that feeds our state economy and sense of place.

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