WERU News Report 2/15/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

A public hearing on the concept plan for LD 1, Governor LePage’s phase 1 regulatory wishlist— officially titled an “Act To Ensure Regulatory Fairness and Reform”– drew a crowd to Augusta Monday, to testify before the Joint Standing Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform. As Mainers arrived in droves to offer their input, the Governor submitted an amended concept plan that no longer includes some of the sections pertaining to proposed rollbacks on regulations governing toxins in children’s products, air emissions, vernal pools and the Land Use Regulatory Commission. The hearing drew such a crowd that many people had to be turned away for lack of space, but others chose to stay and speak to the committee, and the hearing lasted for several hours. Here are some excerpts