There is a new 'gold rush' happening. Aerospace corporations want to make big $$$ by joining the space race. Maine is now climbing onboard. All over the world local communties (and states like Maine) are being promised lots of jobs, environmentally friendly and civilian launches if they support the aerospace industry and help build rocket launch sites.

As it turns out Maine has taken the bait and is working to build at least two launch sites - one in Steuben (near Acadia National Park) and the other at former Loring Air Force Base near Limestone and Caribou in Aroostook County.

The Global Network and Maine Natural Guard organized the No Toxic Rockets for ME campaign that held a peaceful protest outside the conference venue on Monday, November 6. See photos from the protest here.

We already know that money from NASA and the newly formed US Space Force is being promised to Maine aerospace startups. The Space Force wants Maine rocket launch companies to hoist military surveillance and war fighting satellites into increasingly corwded Lower Earth Orbit (LEO). They also want to test Hypersonic missiles in our state. One Maine aerospace CEO told us at the recent Common Ground Fair that the Space Force wants to fill up LEO before China and Russia can get there. So Maine appears to be heading into the dangerous and destabilizing rush to militarize space.

Help us cover expenses for this campaign to stop rocket launch sites in Maine!

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LD 1923, "An Act To Establish the Maine Space Corporation", was voted quietly out of the IDEA committee on April 1, with the House and Senate voting to Engross the amended version of the bill on Tuesday April 5. 

LD 1923 may have an Enactment soon in the House and Senate. There appears to have been no debate on the floor of the House or Senate for approving the amendment, which passed "under the hammer" without a roll-call vote. The amended bill language is available here and includes:

"removes the prohibition of public officials, members of the board of directors or employees of the corporation from acquiring or holding a direct or indirect financial or personal interest in a corporation activity, a corporation property or a contract or proposed contract in connection with a corporation activity."

There is no significant fiscal note on the amended bill.

Contact your Senators ASAP urging them to vote no on LD 1923.

important for people to contact their Senator between now and Tuesday Apr 12 urging them to vote No on LD 1923. It's helpful to both send a personal email and call them (let them know that you live and/or work in their District, briefly why you are asking them to oppose LD 1923, and leave a way for them to contact you.)

On Tuesday you can call the Senate Offices at (800) 423-6900 to have a message delivered to your Senator directly.

You can also leave a message or send a fax through the Senate Leadership Offices. Not many people send faxes, so they sometimes tend to be noticed more than email communications.)

If your Senator is a Democrat, call (207) 287-1515 or fax (207) 287-1585

If your Senator is a Republican, call  (207) 287-1505 (207) 287-1527


State House clerks will deliver your message to the floor of the House or Senate when in session

Leave a message for you representative: 1-800-423-2900

Leave a message for your senator: 1-800-423-6900


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When prompted, select committee: Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement, and Business (IDEA) Committee

Select date: Feb 1 9:30am (of the public hearing)

Fill in your info and paste in your testimony. 









Radio interview with Lisa Savage Feb 9

Discussion of LD 1923 begins around 5:20 on this recording.


Let our voices be heard so that it can never again be said that "no one spoke in opposition" to LD 1923.

Videos of the work sessions for this bill 

Feb. 8


Feb. 22


March 10


Example messages:

I’ve learned that Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, all of which have companies located in Maine, have just been awarded Pentagon contracts to develop hypersonic weapons...What clear and unambiguous assurances do we have that once the infrastructure is in place it will not be used for military purposes, either now or in the future?

Louisa, Brunswick

One more horrible idea that we can not allow to destroy the state and the planet we love.

Claire, Blue Hill

The Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement, and Business (IDEA) Committee of the Maine Legislature has still not passed this bill on to the legislature pending language review of two amendments.

Notes we took during work sessions are available here in one doc.

You can contact your own rep and senator with concerns about building toxic rocket launch sites in Maine.


Possible future work sessions to consider the amendments will stream live at:


IDEA Committee Members


Senator Chip Curry - D

Committee Chair

13 Parkside Lane Belfast, ME 04915


Representative Tiffany Roberts - D

Committee Chair (cosponsor of LD 1923)

35 Buttonwood Road South Berwick, ME 03908


Senator Scott Cyrway - R

(cosponsor of LD 1923)

463 Benton Road Albion, ME 04910


Senator Joseph Rafferty - D

49 Middle Road Kennebunk, ME 04043


Representative John Andrews - R

P.O. Box 118 Paris, ME 04281


Representative Susan Austin - R

136 Yarmouth Road Gray, ME 04039


Representative Sue Bernard - R

70 Grimes Road Caribou, ME 04736


Representative Amanda Collamore - R

173 Library Street Pittsfield, ME 04967


Representative Jack Ducharme R

34 Heald Street Madison, ME 04950


Representative Valli Geiger - D

1 Green Way Rockland, ME 04841


Representative Tavis Hasenfus - D

50 Nobis Point Readfield, ME 04355


Representative Raegan LaRochelle - D

102 Hemlock Terrace Augusta, ME 04330


Representative Sarah Pebworth - D

P.O. Box 347 Blue Hill, ME 04614


Explanatory emails from those who case dissenting votes on the IDEA Committee:

Feb. 24, 2022


They rammed through this bill without enough discussion.  It will most likely come back with language review. Rep. Ducharme and I voted a straight ONTP, the other Republicans voted ONTP, but with stipulations for things they wanted to be addressed or changed. The Chairs can answer better if we will see it again or not. 

In the future if you or your friends go on YouTube and search 'Maine legislature IDEA Committee' you will find a live video feed of all of our meetings and you will be able to see who is speaking. 

If your people would like to testify they can be part of the conversation by registering and getting a link.  Probably too late for this one, I am sorry about that. This is why we need in person public hearings again!

John Andrews

State Representative for House District 73

Serving Buckfield, Hebron and Paris

Cell: 207-739-9075


Feb. 24, 2022

Hi Lisa, 

...The original committee vote on LD 1923 was Ought to Pass as Amended (Amendment not yet written)  

Yes - 6 votes -  All D's - missing Rep Rafferty - Likely votes with D's making it 7 Yes Votes

No - 5 votes -  All R's - missing Rep. Bernard

When discussing the "divided report" we determined that some voted NO because they didn't like certain language.  Some just wanted to vote Ought Not to Pass. 

3 of the 5 R's went with Ought to Pass as Amended (with different amendment language yet to be developed)  Rep. Bernard has Loring in her district and went with this group making that vote total of 4

Two of us were simply Ought NOT to Pass.  

My vote was Ought not to Pass because there are so many things left unresolved and unanswered in this legislation.  I'm not willing to agree to pass something if I don't understand the details or the fiscal cost.  They told us that we'd have to pass it to find out the cost.  I'm not willing to do that with something that could cost $100 million dollars in Maine taxpayer money.  The Space Consortium Strategic plan suggest around $90 million but we all know how these projects go.  

Hope this helps with your understanding of the vote. 

Rep. Jack Ducharme

34 Heald St, Madison ME 04950


Me House District 111

Solon, Norridgewock, Madison (most of)