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Joseph Young <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 10 May 2023 07:04:44 -0400
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Good Morning Everyone,

Yesterday afternoon the State and local Government Committee voted out on
LD 1687 "ought to pass as amended" by a unanimous bipartisan vote!
The Republican caucus was concerned about the additional positions required
by the bill and asked for an amendment to the bill that would require the
Department Administration and Financial Services to review the States GIS
infrastructure in collaboration with other state agencies to determine if
there are more efficient ways of providing state GIS services.

We are hopeful that this vote will help provide encouragement to the full
legislature to approve the Governor's budget request for the same positions
and data acquisition funding.

If that fails this bill will serve as platform to continue engagement in
the political process to obtain funding for the GEoLibrary!

Thank you to everyone who has engaged with their legislators in this
process ! The struggle continues! Stay tuned for further developments!

Joe Young
Former: Public Member
Former: Chairman of the Board
Maine Library of Geographic Information
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