And they’re off! Despite the anger, dysfunction, and confusion in Augusta, some significant issues will be discussed at the 2016 session of the Maine legislature. And I’m not talking about welfare, taxes, or Medicaid expansion, although they are all up for debate.
I’m talking about hunting, fishing, and other outdoor issues and I’ll be there to report on the issues before the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee along with a few others of interest to those who enjoy the outdoors (and really, that is most of us).
Representative Bob Duchesne joins the IFW Committee this session as its House chair. Bob is a great legislator who served 4 terms, was term-limited out, and has now returned. I’m excited that he’s stepped up to take on this important assignment. We will miss Rep. Mike Shaw, who was the House chair of the IFW Committee and a very good legislator. Mike resigned his seat at the end of the 2015 session to focus on his family. He has two young children and you can’t argue with Mike’s priorities.