LWV-Downeast: Issue Forum on Ballot Question 3

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Proponents and opponents of Question 3, the citizen-initiated question on the November ballot, will present their cases in a panel discussion.

Discussion of QUESTION 3 will be the featured event. QUESTION 3 is An Act to Create the Pine Tree Power Company, a Nonprofit, Customer-owned Utility. The question will read: Do you want to create a new power company governed by an elected board to acquire and operate existing for-profit electricity transmission and distribution facilities in Maine? 

The argument for Question 3 will be presented by Lucy Hochschartner from Pine Tree Power, where Lucy is the Deputy Campaign Manger for the Yes on 3 campaign. She is a community organizer and energy justice advocate who has worked to hold utilities accountable across the country. The argument against Question 3 will be presented by Barbara Alexander, former director of the Consumer Assistance Division of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Since 1996, she has worked as a consultant and expert witness on utility issues for state and national consumer organizations. The forum will be moderated by Jill Goldthwait, who has previously served as a Bar Harbor town councilor and as an independent state senator from Hancock County.

A brief discussion of QUESTION 1 will follow. QUESTION 1 is An Act to Require Voter Approval of Certain Borrowing by Government-controlled Entities and Utilities and to Provide Voters More Information Regarding That Borrowing. The question will read: Do you want to bar some quasi-governmental entities and all consumer-owned electric utilities from taking on more than $1 billion in debt unless they get statewide voter approval? 

The event will be available for remote participation on Zoom and will also live stream on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LWVME. Please join us to learn more about these important issues. There will be an opportunity for the audience to submit their own questions to be presented by the moderator.

Oct 2nd, 2023 from  5:30 PM to  7:00 PM
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