UPDATED: THE MAINE HOUSE OVERRODE THE VETO IN A VOTE OF 145-0. THE BILL WILL BECOME LAW 90 DAYS AFTER THE LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS SINE DIE.
AUGUSTA – In a unanimous vote of 34-0, the Maine Senate voted to override Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would allow the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to transfer a moose permit to a family member in cases determined to involve exceptional extenuating circumstances.
The bill, LD 373, sponsored by Senator Dave Miramant of Camden, also adds stepchildren and grandchildren to the definition of family member, which already include spouse, child, parent, grandparent, stepparent, brother, sister, half-sister, half-brother or adopted child.
“This bill was part of a real bipartisan effort, with full committee backing,” said Senator Miramant. “I am pleased to see the Senate remain unanimous in its support for the measure.”
Senator Miramant filed the legislation earlier in the year at the request of a constituent who contracted him about trying to help fulfill the dream of a man in his town who was dying from cancer.
“I felt the suggestion made common sense and would help Maine hunters finding themselves in an unfortunate situation,” said Senator Miramant. “I was surprised by the Governor’s objections since the committee had worked hard to make sure that only those who fit the narrow circumstances would be allowed this privilege.”
In his veto letter, Gov. LePage said that this bill “opens up a brand new avenue for families to engage in new schemes…to try and game this system.” A copy of the governor’s veto letter can be found attached.
“Our state has a strong tradition of hunting and this bill does not jeopardize the integrity of the sport,” added Senator Miramant.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for their consideration on the Governor’s veto. If they override the veto, the bill becomes law.