Lawmakers To Hold Public Regulatory Hearings 

Lawmakers in Augusta announced a series of statewide public hearings on regulatory reform. Senate President Kevin Raye and House Speaker Bob Nutting say the hearings will be similar to the Governor’s red tape audits.A newly formed 15 member bipartisan committee will hold 7 hearings across the state. The Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform hopes to find out which government regulations are hurting business growth. “It is our goal and our commitment that the message will have been sent loud and clear within Maine and beyond Maine’s borders that Maine is open for business,” Raye told reporters on Thursday.The meeting schedule is:Monday, January 24 – 1:00-4:00 p.m.Northern Maine Community College in Presque IsleWednesday, January 26 – 3:00-6:00 p.mUniversity of Maine Hutchinson Center in BelfastMonday, January 31 – 1:00-4:00 p.m.UMaine Machias Performing Arts CenterWednesday February 2 – 3:00-6:00 p.mEastern Maine Community College in BangorThursday, February 3rd – 3:00-6:00 p.m.Central Maine Community College in AuburnMonday, February 7 – 3:00-6:00 p.m.Sanford Town Hall in SanfordWednesday, February 9 – 3:00-6:00Southern Maine Community College in South Portland