Last Tuesday, there was an initial hearing for a bill to provide for safe roller-skiing in Maine. Four supporters spoke, and there will be another public hearing on today, Tuesday, January 19th.
The bill would help ensure the safety of roller-skiers on Maine roads. Skiing in the direction of traffic is the safest way to ski, but current law is not clear that skiing should go in the direction of traffic. The bill would clarify that.
Based on questions from committee members, this bill could go either way. The committee chair testified in support. He sponsored the Bicycle Rules of the Road bill a couple years ago, and talked about this as the logical next step. But there were also a number of questions about whether roller-skiing is safe. It is very important legislators hear directly from parents, athletes and coaches about the safety measures that skiers take. Parents are particularly important; nothing is more important to you than the safety of your children.
One of the great things about the Maine Legislature is how much input citizens have in the process. A bill with citizens calling on behalf of it is much more likely to succeed than one that has only other legislators talking about it. Here are the steps you can take:
It is critical that legislators hear from you and as many people as possible. Please send this email along to friends, and copy firstname.lastname@example.org on your email. We want to be sure sure that we contact every committee member.
The Transportation Committee:
Remember: Emails are fine, but it is phone calls and voicemails that will most effectively communicate support of a bill!
Rep Ken Theriault Frenchville, Madawaska, New Canada, Perham, Portage Lake, St. Agatha, Stockholm and Westmanland, plus the unorganized territory of Square Lake 728-4526 email@example.com
Rep Douglas Thomas Athens, Charleston, Dexter, Garland, Harmony and Ripley 277-3017 277-3017 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep Kimberley Rosen Bucksport and Orrington 469-3779 944-9179 469-3779 Kurlykim40@aol.com
Rep Edward Mazurek Part of Owl's Head and Rockland 594-5647 542-0017 EdMazurek1@aol.com
Rep Bill Browne Part of Augusta, Vassalboro and Windsor 622-3096 314-4787 email@example.com
Rep Richard Cebra Casco, Naples and part of Poland 693-4951 RepRich.Cebra@legislature.maine.gov
Rep Charles Harlow Part of Portland 797-3775 firstname.lastname@example.org Rep Ann Peoples Part of Westbrook 856-7264 287-1400 email@example.com
Rep George Hogan Old Orchard Beach 934-0492 RepGeorge.Hogan@legislature.maine.gov
Sen Gooley Walter Franklin 778-2368 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen Damon Dennis Hancock 667-9629 http://www.mainesenate.org/damon/email.htm
Sen Perry Joseph Penobscot 942-5585 http://www.mainesenate.org/perry/email.htm