The fusing of the Agriculture and Conservation departments, another LePage priority, was not terribly contentious. The new agency will be the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The Legislature approved a Department of Transportation feasibility study of the Cianbro corporation's proposed 220-mile "East-West Highway." The report will be presented to the next Legislature. "It's a big issue looming out there," Didisheim says.

How well did Maine's beloved environment hold up during the past two years of legislative assault? Better than first feared. But maybe it was a case of "holding the line," as Emily Figdor concludes.

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