Judy Camuso’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for 9 AM on January 30 by the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee at the legislature. Following Judy’s hearing the committee will hear testimony on four legislative bills.
I expect Judy’s hearing may go on for a while because there are a lot of people very enthusiastic she’s going to be our new Fish and Wildlife Department Commissioner. And yes, it will be no surprise when she is unanimously endorsed by the IFW committee.
Because of my illness, ALS, it’s tough to get into Augusta and up to the committee room for hearings and work sessions, but my friend Tom Saviello has offered to drive me there on January 30 and get me up to the hearing room.
I’m enthusiastic about speaking for Judy, because I was a strong advocate for her appointment. I talked with Gov. Janet Mills several times about Judy and was delighted when Janet picked Judy to be our commissioner.
The four bills heard that day are:
LD 26, An act to provide complimentary lifetime hunting and fishing licenses to retired game wardens with 25 years of service, sponsored by Representative Theriault of China
LD 27, An act to allow the use of crossbows during the archery season on deer, also sponsored by Rep. Theriault
LD 33, An act to establish a Thanksgiving youth turkey hunting season, sponsored by Representative Tuell of East Machias
LD 56, An act to ban the use of personal watercraft on Lower Wilson Pond and Upper Wilson Pond, sponsored by Representative Stearns of Guilford