The emailed message from Maine Audubon’s lobbyist, Jennifer Burns Gray, was very good news.
“LD 1671, the bill that protects certain waters (that are special for brook trout) from motorized gold prospecting, has been enacted by both the House and Senate. The Governor vetoed the bill and the veto was overriden by an impressive vote. Kudos to our friend Jeff Reardon at Trout Unlimited and to his legislative allies, Sen. Tom Saviello, Sen. Jim Boyle, and Rep. Russell Black, for their outstanding work,” wrote Jenn, who has lobbied for Maine Audubon for 17 years.
The Senate over-rode the Governor’s veto unanimously, while the House did so by an outstanding vote of 119 to 23.
As I reported earlier, a battle between brook trout advocates, led by Trout Unlimited and Maine Audubon, and gold diggers, led by the Maine Gold Prospectors, ended in a great collaborative compromise amended version of the LD 1671.