Maine H.P. 1169–L.D. 1572: Resolve, To Analyze the Impact of Sea-Level Rise
On June 16, 2021, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law H.P. 1169–L.D. 1572 directing state-level departments and agencies to conduct a review of their laws and regulations to incorporate considerations of a relative sea-level rise of 1.5 feet by 2050 and 4 feet by 2100. Additionally, this law directs state-level departments and agencies to identify ways to implement strategy F3 of the Maine Climate Action Plan, Maine Won’t Wait, “to enhance community resilience to flooding and other climate impacts.” The state passed this law to address the impact of increasingly frequent nuisance or high-tide flooding on waterfront and shorefront communities, industry, and infrastructure over the next 80 years.
The law requires state departments and agencies to complete these reviews by January 1, 2022 and report any recommendations and the need for legislative changes to the state legislature’s standing Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. The Joint Standing Committee may report out any new legislative requests during the second regular session of the 130th state legislature.
Publication Date: June 16, 2021
- State of Maine