Category Archives: Legislative News

It’s not all about guns

A legislative hearing last week on a modest gun bill was ugly. Pro-gun folks showed up in force and were loud and angry, ignoring the requests of the committee’s Senate chair to remain quiet and calm. I testified in favor of the bill, although I don’t think either side liked my testimony. The intent of […]

Legislature overrides LePage Vetoes of Two Important Hunting Bills

Great news! The House and Senate over-rode both of Governor Paul LePage’s vetoes of important hunting bills. Both bills were supported by his Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. One bill reduces the penalty for hunting deer over bait. Last year the legislature passed a bill that called for a one year suspension of the […]

Land trusts get high marks from legislature

The Maine Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Committee has released its report on conservation lands owned by nonprofit organizations, which it was authorized to undertake by a provision in the General Fund Biennial Budget for 2018 and 2019. The report gives high marks to our land trust community and includes some interesting recommendations. I was […]

DIFW Finally Promises To Protect Trout Tributaries

After resisting requests that tributaries to our Heritage waters be protected, DIFW Fisheries Director Francis Brautigam told members of the legislature that his agency will do that. This has been a long and sometimes ugly battle, but I am delighted that the department is now on board with those of us who have advocated for […]

Revered fisheries biologist knew we needed to protect our streams and native trout

After fighting for the last two years for protection of the tributaries to our Heritage ponds, where our native brook trout are protected, I was delighted to read that revered DIFW fisheries biologist Roger Auclair recognized this need long ago. Roger’s widow, Suzanna Auclair, writes a monthly column for Northwoods Sporting Journal, and often shares […]

Fisheries Group Reviews Disappointing Legislative Work Session

“The committee is sometimes confused,” said Francis Brautigam, speaking on February 16 to his fisheries working group about the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. Francis was deeply upset about the February 6 IFW Committee work session on expanding protection for our native brook trout. I reported on that work session in this column on […]