Category Archives: Legislative News

Legislation proposed to discourage wildlife ballot initiatives

Kerri Bickford Capitol two website

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has proposed legislation that the group hopes might discourage wildlife ballot initiatives like the 2014 bear referendum. Dave Trahan, SAM’s executive director, presented the bill this week to the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. As described in the summary, “This bill establishes contingent wildlife management provisions that become effective when […]

Maine’s shooting ranges need protection

Fryeburg Shooting Range

When I served as executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, we successfully championed legislation that protected existing gun shooting ranges from noise ordinances. Since that time, other challenges have threatened Maine’s shooting ranges, including lawsuits and zoning ordinances. Maine could actually use a few more shooting ranges, which are used not only by […]

Constitutional amendment to protect hunting re-launched at the Maine legislature


The Maine legislature may revive a proposal that legislators killed just last year: a Constitutional amendment that guarantees the right to hunt. Four Constitutional amendments were proposed by legislators and sporting groups at the 2015 session. Two would have prohibited citizen ballot initiatives on fisheries and wildlife issues. The other two sought to guarantee the […]