Category Archives: Legislative News

Important environmental issues at the legislature

Here’s the latest legislative report from Maine Conservation Voters. What an incredible legislative session we’ve had so far this year! And it’s been such a great success because of dedicated conservation voters like you who have supported our work and joined us to urge lawmakers to protect Maine, promote clean energy, and tackle the climate […]

Legislature debates Advisory Council nominees and law changes

On Wednesday the legislature’s IFW Committee held confirmation hearings for 6 people nominated for positions on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council. Among other things, the Council must approve all DIFW rules. The nominees are Jerry Scribner of Belgrade, Lindsay Ware of Ellsworth, Robert Duchesne of Old Town, Albro Cowperthwaite Jr of Linneus, Kristin […]

Endangered Species getting a boost

The legislature is working to strengthen our protection of endangered species. The bill expands the authority of game wardens to cite people who violate the protective laws for endangered and threatened species, and increases penalties for violations. Here is a report on this bill from Maine Audubon. This is great news! A unanimous Committee Report […]

Legislature punts on bear bag limits and seasons

A bill giving DIF&W authority to establish bear seasons and bag limits drew a lengthy debate at the legislature’s IFW Committee. The bill got lots of discussion and debate. Rep John Martin expressed concern that, if the committee gave the department this authority, including the possibility that bear trapping would be expanded, it would provoke […]

Outdoor Heritage Fund Changes Proposed

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine proposed significant changes in the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, in a bill sponsored for SAM by Senator Russell Black. SAM’s proposal would limit to 20% the amount of funding state agencies could receive from MOHF, and forbid commissioners who are on the MOHF Board to vote on their agency’s projects. […]