Our annual May officer and director meeting had the biggest turnout we have seen in awhile. We had more people on hand than positions available, which is a great sign. Thanks everyone. All the officers from 2012 were reelected and we welcomed two new directors for the next 3 years.
To All on the Alert List
LD-115, An Act To Join in a Prohibition on Motor Fuel Containing Corn-based Ethanol, has passed the Maine House by a vote of 109-32, and is now in the Senate where it was tabled on Thursday. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Timberlake of Turner, prohibits the sale of motor fuel that contains corn-based ethanol if at least 2 other New England states pass a similar prohibition. Please contact your state senator NOW and ask them to support LD-115. This is our best chance to finally do something about Ethanol. Senator and Representative contact info can be found here:
Thanks for your help - with it we should see a good outcome on this bill. Bob --
Maine Snowmobile Association
PO Box 80
Augusta ME 04332
To All on the Alert List:
The legislature is in full swing, and a number of bills will be heard in the coming week.
First some good news:
The public hearing on LD-572, An Act Regarding Games of Chance Operated by Snowmobile Clubs, sponsored by Rep. Mike Shaw of Standish was held today. This is an MSA bill, and would raise the amount clubs could charge per hand for poker runs from $1 to up to $50. There was no opposition to it. This is about our 5th try at this issue, and it looks good at this point. Tomorrow the IF&W Committee will be hearing several snowmobile bills.
LD-89, An Act to Establish a Deadline for Snowmobile Registration, Sponsored by Sen. Doug Thomas of Piscataquis County. This is an MSA bill that would establish a deadline for snowmobile registrations of December 31. Sleds registered after that date would be subject to a $20 penalty. This bill will encourage people to register early regardless of snowfall and help provide predictibility in our funding so we don't end up with situations like last year and face cuts at the end of the season.
LD-172, An Act to Make Permanent the Reciprocal Agreement between Maine and Other States Regarding a Snowmobile Weekend, sponsored by Sen. Tom Saviello of Franklin County. The free snowmobile weekend that established by the 125th Legislature is set to expire after this season. This bill would make it permanent. The MSA will be opposing this bill for one simple reason - the only way a user-pay system is fair is if all users pay. Links to all bills can be found by entering the LD number on this page: http://www.mainelegislature.**org/LawMakerWeb/search.asp<http://www.mainelegislature.org/LawMakerWeb/search.asp> Contact info for the IF&W Committee can be found here: http://www.maine.gov/legis/**house/jt_com/ifw.htm<http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/jt_com/ifw.htm> It is also important to contact your own legislators and let them know that these bills are important to you. Thanks in advance for your help, and look for more alerts coming your way soon - things are getting busy over there! Bob --
Maine Snowmobile Association PO Box 80, Augusta ME 04332 Tel 207-622-6983; Fax 207-622-7669 www.mesnow.com
A quick reminder:
The March MSA Director's meeting is this Saturday, March 9 at the Smoki
Haulers clubhouse in Oakfield.
Social Hour is 5:00 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm and the meeting following. Please
make reservations by the end of the day tomorrow at 622-6983 or
Best meetings of the year when you can combine riding and business - Hope
to see you there.