Press Release: Maine Legislature passes joint resolution expressing position on CMP Corridor lease to cross Maine Public Reserve land
AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature passed "Joint Resolution, Expressing the Sense of the Legislature Regarding the Use of Public Land Leased by the State" with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. Sponsored by Senator Rick Bennett of Oxford and Representative Margaret O'Neil of Saco, this resolution solidifies the finding of the ACF Committee that the CMP Corridor would substantially alter public land, and therefore requires a 2/3 vote of the legislature, in accordance with the Maine Constitution.
"RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Thirtieth Legislature now assembled in the First Special Session, on behalf of the people we represent, express our sense in accordance with the Constitution of Maine, that the lease provided to CMP to cross the public reserved lands in West Forks Plantation and in Johnston Mountain Township constitutes a substantial alteration of those public lands, requiring a 2/3 vote of all the members elected to each House of the Legislature." Full text of the resolution can be found here.
This finding comes on the heels of Justice Murphy's statement last Friday, "That is certainly the concern of the court, because of recognition that I think the court has made that the legislature is supposed to be a constitutional partner and have the final say in these lands…but it seems that there was a concerted effort to keep the Legislature in the dark, both times.”
"No CMP Corridor would like to thank Senator Rick Bennett, Representative Maggie O'Neil and the large bipartisan group of legislators who supported this important Joint Resolution," said Sandi Howard of No CMP Corridor. "It seems fitting that the very last action of the legislature this session was to send this clear and powerful message to CMP and the administration."