Thank you for visiting the SAM Website to learn more about LD 1303 from 2013 and how you can help during the 2015 legislative session.

Below are the details of LD 1303 from two years ago. How did your legislator vote? Check them out at the links below. If they opposed us, make sure they vote right this time!

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Preserve Hunting and Fishing

. 1. Petition procedure. The electors may propose to the Legislature for its consideration any bill, resolve or resolution, including bills to amend or repeal emergency legislation but not an amendment of the State Constitution and not an amendment to the laws of the State governing hunting and fishing that would limit hunting or fishing, by written petition addressed to the Legislature or to either branch thereof and filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the hour of 5:00 p.m., on or before the 50th day after the date of convening of the Legislature in first regular session or on or before the 25th day after the date of convening of the Legislature in second regular session, except that the written petition may not be filed in the office of the Secretary of State later than 18 months after the date the petition form was furnished or approved by the Secretary of State. If the applicable deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the period runs until the hour of 5:00 p.m., of the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

Constitution, Art. IX, §26 is enacted to read:

Section 26. Preservation of hunting and fishing heritage. Hunting and fishing and the taking of wildlife are a valued part of our heritage that must be forever preserved and regulated for the public good.

Amend the resolution by striking out all of the question (page 1, lines 22 to 27 in L.D.) and inserting the following:

"Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to provide that laws limiting hunting or fishing may not be proposed through a citizen initiative and that hunting and fishing and the taking of wildlife are a valued part of our heritage that must be forever preserved and regulated for the public good?"

House:
Rollcall Details for House Roll-call #306 LD 1303 (HP 930)

Senate:
Rollcall Details for Senate Roll-call #248 LD 1303 (HP 930)

LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS 2013

June 20, 2013
The National Association for Gun Rights Got it Wrong!

Yesterday The National Association for Gun Rights sent out an e-mail to gun rights supporters claiming that the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine supported LD 1240, An Act to Promote the Safe Use and Sale of Firearms claiming we supported the bill at the very end of the debate and helped get it passed.

These claims are completely false. We can only assume they are confused and do not understand there were two reports on this bill.

Our organization supported the minority report that was also supported by the NRA and minority Republicans that mirrored federal law establishing that selling a firearm to a prohibited person is against the law.

The majority report on LD 1240 is much different than the minority report we have always opposed it and will work to have this bill vetoed.

Hope this straightens out the confusion.

Respectfully,
David Trahan, Executive Director
Sportsman's Alliance of Maine

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LD 1303 - Final vote failed.

Thank you to everyone that contacted legislators to urge their support on LD 1303, RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish the Right To Hunt and Fish, but yesterday the vote fell 3 short in the Senate to have a 2/3 vote and today in bill failed to reach the 2/3 vote in the House as well.

We appreciate the time and effort of all of our SAM members and Club members that worked diligently on this resolve. It was a great effort by everyone.

Below is the link to the roll calls for the votes in the house and senate.

Roll Call

Respectfully,

David Trahan, Executive Director

Becky Morrell, Operations Manager

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VICTORY ON LD 345!!

Governor LePage signs the bill into law

Governor LePage signs the bill into law on Friday, April 26th.

Congratulations to our members for the victory of LD 345,

An Act to Ensure the Confidentiality of Concealed Weapons Permit Holders Information.
Thank you to everyone for your testimony and efforts to contact your legislator for the passage of this bill!

Link to roll calls

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Senate Debate on LD 345, An Act to Ensure the Confidentiality of Concealed Weapons Permit Holder Information.

Dear SAM members,

LD 345 was legislation introduced by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. The debate was particularly controversial and on several occasions legislators gave speeches and cited arguments against the bill that were inaccurate. In addition, the Press Association and the Maine Civil Liberties Union, (opponents of LD 345) made claims about the bill and SAM’s motives for introducing the bill that were unfair.

Senator Valentino, Chair of the Judiciary Committee gave a thorough and passionate speech about the merits of this bill and why it was so important. Please read her testimony as it will dispel many of the claims made by the Press Association and MCLU. In the very near future we will post the audio record of the debate in the House of Representatives. That debate was particularly harsh and revealed several legislators with an ax to grind against law abiding gun owners.

Footnote* In opposition to the bill Senator Stan Gerzofsky made the claim in his speech that, “If you had reason to believe that you were in danger in any way, all it took was a telephone call. Call up the State Police and say, “I have a concealed carry permit, I don’t want any of that information given out and this is why.” They wouldn’t.

This claim is untrue. According to Major Chris Grotton, Department of Public Safety, there was no way they could do such a thing.

David Trahan
Executive Director
Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine
Senate remarks on LD 345

In Support    
Senator Valentino Senator Burns Senator Katz
Senator Valentino Senator Burns Senator Katz
In Opposition    
Senator Gerzofsky    
Senator Gerzofsky    

Stand strong on 2nd ammendment

Dear David,
I'm glad to see SAM standing strong on the 2nd amendment and more in line with the NRA. I joined earlier this year, after having left my membership expired for quite some time. I honestly debated whether or not to join, as I haven't always felt SAM's stance was firm enough on the 2nd amendment, but I decided to give it one more chance. After attending some of the hearings, and watching the others that I couldn't be at, I was happy to see your testimony and Jeff Zimba's. Keep up the good work, and the strong pro 2nd amendment stance and I'll keep renewing. I'll also donate when funds allow. I think Jeff will be a good addition to the board of directors, and help represent us well. Thank you, for the hard work you and everyone at SAM is doing.
Thanks,
Tim Grimmel

Anti-Gun Senator’s Bias Comes Out In Committee

LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS 2012

2012 General Election results for Maine

LD 1747 - PASSED/ENACTED

February 8, 2012.
"An Act To Prohibit Municipalities from Imposing Fees on Ice Fishing Shacks"
Testimony by David Trahan, SAM Executive Director.

LD 1653 - PASSED/ENACTED

February 14, 2012.
An Act to Make Fisheries and Wildlife Projects Eligible for Tax Increment Financing
Before the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation
Presented by Becky Morrell, SAM Associate Lobbyist.

LD 1652 - INDEFINITELY POSTPONED

January 23rd, 2012.
An Act to Ensure a Reliable Funding Stream for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Before the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Presented by David Trahan, SAM Executive Director.

LD 372 - PASSED/ENACTED

Rep. Martin
An Act to Reduce Deer Predation
This bill provides a General Fund Appropriation of $100,000 fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13 to control predation of deer on private and public lands.

LD 274 - Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Sen. Jackson
An Act to Increase the Moose Permit Allocations for Zones 2 and 3
This bill is a concept draft and proposes to increase the moose permit allocations in zones 2 and 3 and change the dates of the moose hunt.

LD 213 - PASSED/ENACTED

Sen. Thibodeau
An Act to Provide Funding for the Fish Stocking Program.
This bill appropriates $500,000 a year for the purchase of fish for the fish stocking program.

LD 637 - PASSED/ENACTED

Rep. Black
An Act to Increase the Amount Tagging Agents Receive for tagging Game
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to amend the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's rules regarding the tagging of game to ensure that tagging agents receive an additional $1.00 from each registration fee they collect for tagging game.

LD 1408 - Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Sen. Trahan
An Act to Amend Water Quality Standards for Fish Hatcheries
Current law requires a nutrient management plan for a fish hatchery to address storage, management and use of fish waste from the hatchery with the goal of improving water quality. This bill requires the plan to have the goal of maintaining water quality.

LD 1327 - Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Rep. Flemmings
Resolve, to Study the Organization of the Fisheries Management Activities of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Make Recommendations to Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness
This resolve proposes to study the organization and operations of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife with respect to the management of the inland fisheries resources in the public waters of the State to identify and recommend changes that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of those activities.

LD 1242 - PASSED/ENACTED

Rep. Burns
An Act to Restore the Deer Herd in Certain Wildlife Management Districts in Maine
This bill does the following:
1. It establishes a deer management advisory committee to inform the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife about how to more aggressively manage the State's deer population;
2. It establishes the Maine Deer Management Fund for the purpose of funding deer management efforts in the State;
3. It creates a $10 deer stamp and prohibits a person from hunting deer in the State without a deer stamp;
4. It creates a deer management license plate and directs $20 from each deer management license plate to be deposited into the Maine Deer Management Fund;
5. It creates a Maine deer management voluntary check off so that taxpayers can voluntarily support deer management efforts;
6. It requires revenue received from the deer stamp and the deer management check off to be deposited in the Maine Deer Management Fund.
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