Senate votes unanimously to support Dill bill to eliminate online burn permit fees

Posted: February 25, 2020 | Senator Dill

AUGUSTA — On Tuesday, the Maine Senate voted unanimously to support a bill from Sen. Jim Dill, D-Old Town, LD 1788, “An Act To Eliminate Online Burn Permit Fees for All Areas of the State,” which allows residents to go online to get burn permits.

Sen. Jim Dill, D-Old Town.

“Any time we can make it easier for folks to interact with their local government, and reduce the fees Mainers pay when they do so, I consider that a win,” said Sen. Dill. “I appreciate my colleagues’ strong support for this simple, straightforward measure to improve the process of applying for a burn permit.”

LD 1788 was supported by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry at a public hearing in January. The Department noted that the bill would enhance their efforts to prevent wildfires by encouraging more individuals to apply for permits before they burn.

LD 1788 faces further votes in the Maine Senate and House.