LD 1498 – LD 1498 An Act To Prevent Increased Heating Fuel, Natural Gas, Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Pricing in Maine by Prohibiting Adoption of Rules Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Rep. Stetkis-R This bill makes the rules adopted by the Board of Environmental Protection, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation to limit greenhouse gas emissions major substantive rules. It prohibits the adoption by the Board of Environmental Protection, the Department of Environmental Protection or the Department of Transportation of a rule that limits the amount of heating fuel, natural gas, gasoline or diesel fuel sold to limit greenhouse gas emissions, that imposes a tax or requires a permitting fee to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including a tax or permitting fee that is based on the carbon emissions of any carbon-based fuels as part of a rebate or dividend program, or that causes the State to join a multistate consortium or coalition that requires the State to implement either of those policies as a condition of membership. It also requires that a proposal to implement by legislation a policy limiting the sale of gasoline or diesel fuel to limit greenhouse gas emissions or imposing a tax or permitting fee to reduce greenhouse gas emissions may not become law without the Senate and House of Representatives approving legislation both adopting the policy and joining a multistate consortium or coalition. It also requires that any carbon sequestration policy prioritize the offset of Maine-generated emissions.
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