May 22, 2012 - Augusta, ME--
(L.D. 1544) Bill "An Act To Expand the Authority of Lobster Management Policy Councils To Address Entry into Lobster Management Zones and To Create a Temporary Medical Allowance" (HP1113) (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle)
DELA was notified in the last minute about this bill. We received a phone call from Diane Cowan's office with Mike Dassatt leaving right away for Augusta to represent.
He got there with little time to spare and testified in opposition to LD-1549. With this bill listed as "Emergency" - if it had passed, it would be effective immediately.
The vote was 6 - 6 "ought not to pass with resolve." A request for a letter to be written by the Maine delegation to change this as a federal law to stop the landing of non-trap caught lobsters was proposed by the Marine Resource Committee. This letter will go to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council and the Maine delegates in Washington, DC.