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NOTE: The following is a list of public hearing schedules before the Joint Standing committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Listen here for live audio feed of these public hearings.
L.D. 86, 128, 142, 153, & 229 - February 28, 2013
L.D. 100, 173, & 542 - March 5, 2013, 1 p.m.
L.D. 89, 97, 172, & 268 - March 7, 2013, 1 p.m.
L.D. 254, 280, 423, 544, 705, & 717 - March 12, 2013, 1 p.m.
L.D. 307 & 541 - March 21, 2013, 1 p.m.
L.D. 599 & 170 - March 26, 2013, 1 p.m.
L.D. 730, 775, & 800 - March 28, 2013, 1 p.m.
L.D. 1435 - May 7, 2013, 1 p.m.
L.D. 1399 - May 9, 2013, 1 p.m.
L.D. 1474 - May 10, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
DIFW Finalized Testimony
NOTE: This is Department testimony given at legislative public hearings before the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
L.D. 26 - An Act to Authorize the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Change a Fishing Season Opening Date Statewide.
L.D. 41 - An Act to Allow a Person 65 Years of Age or Older to Fish With Bait in Any Inland Water.
L.D. 42 - An Act to Prohibit The Use of Rubber Lures for Fishing.
L.D. 43 - An Act to Ban the Use of Nondegradable Hooks for Fishing.
L.D. 63 - Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Allow Veterans with Lower Limb Loss to Obtain "Any-Deer" Hunting Permits.
L.D. 79 - An Act to Allow a Junior Hunter to Shoot Any Deer on Opening Day of Hunting Season.
L.D. 84 - An Act to Expand Turkey Hunting.
L.D. 86 - Resolve, Directing the DIFW to Amend its Process of Gathering Public Opinion on Rulemaking and Other Projects
L.D. 89 - An Act to Establish a Deadline for Snowmobile Registration
L.D. 96 - Letter regarding coyote bounty in lieu of testimony
L.D. 97 - An Act to Improve the Integrity of the State's Snowmobile Trail System
L.D. 98 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Study Issues Related to Bear Hunting and Management.
L.D. 99 - An Act to Allow Hunting for Deer with a Crossbow During the Expanded Archery Season.
L.D. 100 - An Act to Allow Municipalities to Stock Ponds
L.D. 101 - An Act to Allow a Junior Hunter to Take One Antlerless Deer Without an Antlerless Deer Permit.
L.D. 128 - An Act to Abolish the IFW Advisory Council
L.D. 142 - An Act to Add Using an All-terrain Vehicle to the List of Activities Included in the Definition of "Guide" in the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Laws
L.D. 143 - An Act to Allow a Hunter to Harvest a Wild Turkey of Either Sex during the Month of October without an Extra Charge for the Permit
L.D. 144 - An Act to Remove the Requirement that a Person Training Dogs on Sundays Possess a Valid Hunting License
L.D.153 - An Act to Establish a Comprehensive Hunting and Fishing License
L.D. 163 - An Act to Increase the Number of Rafting Passengers Allowed for Licensed Outfitters on Unallocated Rivers
L.D. 170 - Resolve, to Allow the Use of Live Bait When Ice Fishing in Certain Waters of the State
L.D. 172 - An Act to Make Permanent the Reciprocal Agreement between Maine and Other States Regarding a Snowmobile Weekend
L.D. 173 - An Act to Remove the Rangeley Plantation Sanctuary from the List of Wildlife Sanctuaries
L.D. 177 - An Act to Expand Moose Hunting Opportunities
L.D. 199 - An Act to Allow Agents Designated by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to Hunt Coyotes at Night during the Deer Hunting Season
L.D. 200- An Act to Expand Turkey Hunting Opportunities for Young Hunters
L.D. 201 - An Act to Permit Tribal Members to Hunt Any Animal or Bird at Any Time for Sustenance
L.D. 202 - An Act to Permit Tribal Members to Fish at any Time for Sustenance
L.D. 203 - An Act to Require Kayakers on Open Salt Water to use a Personal Flotation Device
L.D. 229 - An Act to Simplify and Encourage the Sale of Hunting and Fishing Licenses and Permits
L.D. 254 - Resolve, to Establish the Northern Maine Advisory Task Force on Deer
L.D. 264 - An Act to Allow Crossbow Hunting during Muzzle-loading Season
L.D. 268 - An Act to Improve Snowmobiling in the State
L.D. 280 - Resolve, Concerning Rights of way over Eastern Road in Scarborough
L.D. 281 - An Act to Clarify Provisions of the Whitewater Rafting Laws
L.D. 306 - An Act to Exempt Members of the Penobscot Nation, the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs from Special Training Requirements for Archery and Trapping
L.D. 307 - An Act to Exempt Persons Who Have Served in the Armed Forces from the Requirement to Take a Hunter Safety Course to Obtain a Hunting License
L.D. 356 - An Act to Allow a Person Who is 60 Years of Age or Older to Use a Crossbow during the Open Seasons on Wild Birds and Animals
L.D. 391 - An Act to Allow a Person to Possess Small Game in Excess of That Person's Possession Limit
L.D. 423 - An Act Regarding the Driving of Deer
L.D. 467 - An Act to Increase Agent Fees for Registration of Certain Recreational Vehicles
L.D. 477 - An Act to Expand Wild Turkey Hunting
L.D. 514 - An Act to Allow Boards and Associations of Lakes and Ponds to Stock Fish
L.D. 540 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Discharge of a Firearm or Crossbow near a Dwelling or Building
L.D. 541 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Complimentary Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
L.D. 542 - An Act to Remove the Limit on the Retention of Live Smelts
L.D. 544 - An Act to Give Certain Landowners First Priority for Antlerless Deer Permits
L.D. 545 - An Act to Enhance the Protection of Native Fish Species
L.D. 599 - An Act to Review Possible Expansion of Dip Net Fishing in Northern Maine
L.D. 600 - An Act to Include Archery Hunting Licenses among the Complimentary Licenses Issued to a Member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, Nation or Band
L.D. 601 - An Act to Require that Certain Changes in Conservation Law not be Made by Rule
L.D. 617 - An Act to Protect the State's Native and Wild Brook Trout and Discourage Illegal Fish Introduction
L.D. 618 - An Act to Eliminate Restrictions on Affiliated Outfitters in Laws Governing Whitewater Rafting
L.D. 679 - Resolve, Regarding the Management of Maine's Brook Trout and Landlocked Salmon Resources
L.D. 705 - An Act to Amend the Junior Hunting License Requirements
L.D. 717 - An Act to Provide Free Fishing Licenses to Certain Children in the Custody of the Department of Health and Human Services
L.D. 730 - An Act to Protect Maine's Loons by Banning Lead Sinkers and Jigs
L.D. 736 - An Act to Establish the Review Board of Appeals to Review the Denial of Hunting and Fishing Licenses
L.D. 738 - An Act to Promote the Northern Maine Economy and Support Maine's Sporting Camp Tradition
L.D. 757 - An Act to Amend the Hunting Laws as They Pertain to the Trainign of Dogs
L.D. 758 - An Act to Protect Boats, Moorings and Docks in the Inland Waters of the State
L.D. 775 - An Act to Require a Nonresident to Hire a Maine Guide to Hunt Sea Ducks
L.D. 798 - An Act to Permit Night Hunting of Coyotes on Sunday
L.D. 799 - Resolve, to Allow Use of Live Bait for Fishing in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and Fish River Waterway
L.D. 800 - An Act to Expand Migratory Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities
L.D. 857 - An Act to Examine Fees Charged by Municipalities Concerning Outdoor-related Activities
L.D. 879 - An Act to Increase State Wildlife Revenues and Grow the Hunting and Fishing Industries
L.D. 895 - Resolve, Directing the DIFW to Amend its Rules Regarding Setback Distances for Beaver Traps
L.D. 896 - An Act to Allow Fox Hunting at Night
L.D. 910 - Resolve, Directing the DIFW to Study and Make Recommendations Regarding the Bear Hunting Season
L.D. 911- An Act to Increase Revenue for the ATV Recreational Management Fund
L.D. 930 - An Act to Subject a Motorboat with a Certificate of Number from Another Jurisdiction to the Annual Registration Fee
L.D. 932 - An Act to Promote Fishing by Youth
L.D. 970 - An Act to Eliminate Funding to Reduce Deer Predation
L.D. 1015 - An Act to Expand Crossbow Hunting
L.D. 1016 - An Act Regarding the Buying and Selling of Animal Parts
L.D. 1117 - An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Muzzle-loading Hunting Season
L.D. 1148 - An Act to Expand the Season for Night Hunting of Coyotes
L.D. 1174 -Resolve, to Establish the Commission to Study the Creation of a State and Federal Fish and Wildlife Museum at the Massabesic Experimental Forest in Alfred and Lyman
L.D. 1190 - An Act to Require the Secretary of State to Issue Certificates of Title for All-Terrain Vehicles, Snowmobiles and Watercraft
L.D. 1191 - An Act to Strengthen the Fishing Laws
L.D. 1225 - An Act to Strengthen Maine's Wildlife Laws
L.D. 1248 - An Act to Establish Trail Standards in Deer Wintering Areas
L.D. 1263 - An Act to Increase Funding for the Snowmobile Trail Fund and Adjust the Sales Tax Relating to Snowmobiles and Trail-grooming Equipment
L.D. 1264 - An Act Allowing the Harvesting of Yellow Perch with Seines
L.D. 1265 - An Act to Strengthen Maine's Assent Language for Participation in the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act
L.D. 1303 - Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Establish the Right to Hunt and Fish
L.D. 1374 - An Act to Allow a Person to Hunt with a Crossbow during the Archery-only Deer Season
L.D. 1398 - An Act to Facilitate a Pilot Program for Sunday Hunting for Residents Only
L.D. 1399 - An Act to Provide for the Aroostook Band of Micmacs Certain Rights Regarding Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Management
L.D. 1435 - An Act to Amend Certain Provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Laws
L.D. 1474 - An Act to Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Hunting of Bear
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