The bill that is expected to prevent future development of Cianbro’s East-West Highway and Industrial Corridor idea passed into law unsigned by the Governor on June 26. The bill revises the controversial public-private partnership law for transportation projects to clarify that P3’s must comply with Maine’s Sensible Transportation Policy, which has guided Maine Transportation Policy and the Department of Transportation since 1991. The bill, LD 1168 was sponsored by Senator Paul Davis, R-Piscataquis, and broadly supported by opponents to the […]
Continue reading Stop the East-West Corridor gets a boost from Revised Transportation Law
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A bill intended to slow down, if not stop, the East-West highway and utility corridor proposed by Cianbro corporation executives has been passed by both houses of the Maine Legislature.
The original bill, LD 1168, would have prohibited the use of eminent domain for the development, operation, management, ownership, leasing or maintenance of a transportation facility as a public-private partnership project. It also would have prohibited the […]
Continue reading Roadblock for East-West Highway/Corridor passed by the Maine Legislature
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Call your Senators and Representatives and ask them to vote, “ought to pass” on LD 1168 today!
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Please take notice: LD 1168 has changed from a focus on eminent domain to a focus on improving the P3 law. There are several reasons for this. Primarily, we […]
Continue reading HELP KILL THE EWC! Action needed now on our bill.
By Maria Girouard – Penobscot historian.
Panawapskewi (“Penobscot people”) are the indigenous people of this territory, and have nurtured a relationship with and maintained a presence on the Penobscot River for thousands of years. We are an ancient riverine people who have survived enormous losses as a result of colonization – displacement of our ancestors, destruction of our fisheries, degradation of the Water, deforestation of traditional hunting grounds, and disruption in our traditional form of governance.
A Colonial […]
Continue reading The Historical Continuum: WE ARE ALL PARTICIPANTS IN AN AGE-OLD CLASH OF CULTURES
On Thursday, June 4, the Judicicary Committee reconsidered our bill, LD 1168, with amendments agreed to by STEWC, the Maine department of transportation, and Sen. Paul Davis, and voted unanimously “ought to pass” on the bill. In a nuthsell, we chose to use our initial 6-3 win on the original eminent domain bill as a tool to negotiate for protections that actually have a very good chance of becoming law. The Governor had vowed to veto the original bill, and […]
Continue reading LD 1168 reconsidered, won unanimous “ought to pass” vote!
Publication of the redacted passages, many involving the state’s treaty obligations to its Indian tribes, has been banned for 139 years. BY COLIN WOODARD STAFF WRITER firstname.lastname@example.org | @WoodardColin | 207-791-6317
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INDIAN ISLAND — One hundred and thirty-nine years ago, 2,100 words of Maine’s Constitution vanished from circulation, although they remained in effect.
The sections, which included the treaty obligations with Indian tribes that Maine agreed to assume as a condition […]
Continue reading Legislation would put hidden sections of Maine’s constitution back into print
LD 1168 was voted “Ought to Pass” by the 127th Legislature’s Judiciary Committee by 6 – 3
LD 1168 prevents eminent domain from being used by a private entity, or in certain Public-Private Partnerships (P3) on behalf of a private entity, by amending the Public-Private-Partnership for Transportation Projects Law, and the law that restricts eminent domain use.
Video of the work session and vote for LD 1168 is located at:
(thank you Eric Tuttle […]
Continue reading Action time! Next steps on LD 1168!
Photo by A.J. Higgins MPBN
On Tuesday, May 26, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy leaders pulled their representatives from the Maine Legislature as part of a decision to work together, and follow their own leadership within their territories from here on out. It was an historic moment of bravery and leadership by the Tribes.
Here are two articles: MPBN, Tribes Pull Reps from Maine Legislature as Sovereignty Issues Come to Boil
The Guardian, Two Native […]
Continue reading Tribes pull Reps. from Maine Legislature and go their own way
On May 23, 2015, people converged on the Penobscot River in Bangor to show their support of the Penobscot Nation’s rights over its ancestral territory- the waters of the Penobscot River. The State of Maine issued a letter to the tribe in 2012, redefining the Penobscot’s territory to NOT include the River itself, a direct departure from historical treaties and previous interpretation of treaties and the Land Claims Settlement Act of 1980 by the State of Maine.
Continue reading Flotilla on Penobscot River to Support Tribal Territory and Rights