Maine Woods Debate Over For Now

In Maine, the legislature’s contentious debate over the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) has finally ended. Last year, an effort to eliminate LURC failed, resulting in the formation of a study committee, which made recommendations for “reforming” LURC this past December. A new bill was introduced based on the study committee’s report, and included two highly contentious provisions: one allowing entire counties to leave, or “opt-out” of LURC, and another allowing County Commissioners to appoint themselves as LURC Commissioners.

Thanks to AMC staff, members, and partners, and the leadership of ten moderate Republicans, the opt-out provision was removed, keeping LURC and Maine’s North Woods intact. The commissioner provision remains, but we are extremely pleased with the progress we made, given where we started!

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