AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are taking up a series of wind-power regulatory bills for the second day, pitting people bothered by noise and worried about health effects against businesses engaged in the industry.

The Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee is taking up more than a dozen bills Monday and Tuesday. The hearings Monday drew an overflow crowd.

Some of the bills are aimed at weakening a 2008 law that streamlined Maine’s wind-power regulatory laws and made way for expedited permitting.

Gov. Paul LePage is represented at the hearings by state energy Director Ken Fletcher. LePage opposes the bills.

The Maine Renewable Energy Association says the wind power industry has spent $378 million in Maine since 2004 to build 195 turbines.

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