Explaining my ethanol veto override vote



Dear Editor:

In her column last week, Jill Goldthwait discussed the activities in Augusta in an informative piece about transportation infrastructure and referenced the Governor’s first veto, which was sustained by the Legislature. The legislation vetoed would have banned the sale of gasoline with more than 10 percent ethanol. This legislation was supported by the Environment and Natural Resources Committee with a unanimous ought to pass report. It passed through the Legislature without opposition, and was then vetoed by the Governor.

I voted to override the Governor’s veto, because I was determined to stand up for my community’s interests. Many of my constituents in Ellsworth and Trenton work on the water or have generators, lawnmowers, chainsaws, ATVs or snowmobiles; we know the harmful impact that high-ethanol gasoline can have on these small engines. I chose to side with Rep. Beth O’Connor (R-Berwick) to override the Governor’s veto because she presented what I viewed as reasonable legislation for my district.

Rep. Nicole Grohoski

House District 132

Ellsworth and Trenton

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