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Eminent Domain Restrictions Resulting from the Kelo Decision
Public Law, Chapter 579 of 2006 prohibits the use of eminent domain authority for the purposes of private retail, office, commercial, industrial or residential development for the enhancement of tax revenue or for transfer to a person, non-governmental entity, corporation, or business. 

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Land Use
Maine Public Law 375 of 2009 requires a comprehensive land use plan be adopted by the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission and approved by the Joint Standing Committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over conservation matters.

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Open Space/Conservation

Uniform Conservation Easement Act
Maine Revised Statutes Title 33 §476 et seq. provides for the state’s Uniform Conservation Easement Act, which authorizes the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
The Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund receives revenues from the sales of state instant lottery ticket revenues (approximately $700,000 annually).  The funds are distributed to conservation projects that directly benefit the state’s outdoor heritage, including fisheries and wildlife enhancement, public land acquisition, endangered species protection and natural resources law enforcement.

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Land for Maine’s Future Program
Established in 1987, the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program (Maine Revised Statutes Title 5 §6200 et seq.) is intended to secure “the traditional Maine heritage of public access to Maine's land and water resources or continued quality and availability of natural resources important to the interests and continued heritage of Maine people.”  Three bonds supporting the LMF Program, including $35 million in 1987, $50 million in 1999, and $12 million in 2005, have been dedicated towards acquiring lands for open space, wildlife, parks, natural areas, endangered species habitat, and other related purposes. Since its creation, LMF has assisted in the acquisition of more than 445,000 acres from willing sellers, including approximately 250,000 acres protected through conservation easements.

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Forest Legacy Program
The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Conservation serves as the lead agency for the state’s Forest Legacy Program.  The program focuses on the acquisition of conservation easements or fee interest in lands in order to protect the traditional uses and public values of the state’s forests.

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Light Pollution/Dark Night Skies

Preservation of Dark Skies 
Maine’s resolve to “Encourage the Preservation of Dark Skies” (Chapter 22 of 2009) directs the Executive Department, State Planning Office to review existing commercial outdoor lighting standards and make recommendations on standard language that will limit light pollution and encourage the preservation of the area's natural state, as well as identify policy options for promoting outdoor lighting standards for commercial development. It requires the State Planning Office to present its findings in a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development no later than January 15, 2010. 

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Administrative

Office of Redevelopment, Re-Employment and Business Support
Governor John Baldacci created the Office of Redevelopment, Re-Employment and Business Support within the Governor’s office.  The purpose of the Office is to:

•  Coordinate all Maine Executive branch departments through one single point of contact and accountability for all post-BRAC actions taken; 
•  Assist Local Redevelopment Authorities ("LRAs"); and 
•  Deliver a comprehensive regional response for economic development, workforce and community assistance. 

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State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
CPT Shanon W. Cotta, Public Affairs Officer
Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management
Camp Keyes
Augusta, Maine 04333-0033
(207) 626-4390
(207) 626-4509 fax
shanon.cotta@us.army.mil

Adjutant General
Major General John W. Libby, Adjutant General
Adjutant General and Commissioner 
Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management 
Camp Keyes
Augusta, Maine  04333-0033
(207) 626-4271
(207) 626-4509 fax
john.libby@me.ngb.army.mil 

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The Legislature in Maine refers to the office of the Adjutant General to represent the military on issues pertaining to military affairs.  This is true of all overseeing legislative committees according to legislative staff.  The Joint Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs has jurisdiction over legislation relating to the state’s military bases.  The jurisdiction of the Joint Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development includes defense facility conversion.

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Joint Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs
Senator Nichi Farmham, Co-Chair
Representative Michael Beaulieu, Co-Chair
100 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0100
(207) 287-1310

Ms. Marianne MacMaster, Committee Clerk
marianne.macmaster@legislature.maine.gov

Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development
Senator Chris Rector, Co-Chair
Representative Kerri Prescott, Co-Chair
100 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0100
(207) 287-1331 

Ms. Rhonda Miller, Committee Clerk
rhonda.miller@legislature.maine.gov