Committees Please Sportsmen, Worry Environmentalists
The Maine League of Conservation Voters endorsed only six of the twenty-six members of two key legislative committees in the 2010 election, certainly a concern of this coalition of the state’s thirty leading environmental organizations.
Sportsmen are a happier lot. The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine endorsed fourteen of the twenty-six members of the two key committees and awarded grades of “A” to another five committee members.
The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee have jurisdiction over most of the legislature’s fish, wildlife, natural resources, and environmental issues.
It may be no surprise that eleven members of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee were endorsed or given grades of “A” from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, and only three were endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters. But it is shocking that the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee that’s generally dominated by environmentalists contains only three legislators who won the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters, while eight members of that committee were endorsed or received a grade of “A” from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.
I’d guess that the environmental lobby has its work cut out for it this session. And sportsmen may have an unprecedented chance to advance their agenda.
You can access information about legislative committee assignments and the legislators themselves at Maine’s excellent legislative Web site, www.maine.gov. Biographies and other information about many legislators are available at www.votesmart.org.
Here’s the list of members of the two committees:
Environment and Natural Resources Committee
Senator Tom Saviello (R-Franklin), Senate Chair. Endorsed by SAM.
Senator Roger Sherman (R-Aroostook). Endorsed by SAM.
Senator Seth Goodall (D-Sagadahoc). Endorsed by SAM and MLCV.
Rep. James Hamper (R-Oxford), House Chair. Endorsed by SAM.
Rep. Bernard Ayotte (R-Caswell)
Rep. Jane Knapp (R-Gorham). Endorsed by SAM.
Rep. Ricky Long (R-Sherman). Grade of “A” from SAM.
Rep. James Parker (R-Veazie). Grade of “A” from SAM.
Rep. Robert Duchesne (D-Hudson), Democratic Lead, Endorsed by SAM and MLCV.
Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes (D-Yarmouth)
Rep. Joan Welsh (D-Rockport). Endorsed by MLCV.
Rep. Denise Patricia Harlow (D-Portland).
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Senator Thomas Martin (R-Kennebec), Senate Chair, Endorsed by SAM.
Senator Dave Trahan (R-Lincoln), Endorsed by SAM and MLCV.
Senator John Patrick (D-Oxford), Grade of “A” from SAM.
Rep. Paul Davis (R-Sangerville), House Chair, Endorsed by SAM.
Rep. Ralph Sarty (R-Denmark), Endorsed by SAM.
Rep. Dale Crafts (R-Lisbon), Endorsed by SAM.
Rep. Eleanor Espling (R-New Gloucester), Endorsed by SAM.
Rep. Stacey Guerin (R-Glenburn)
Re. Stephen Wood (R-Sabattus), Grade of “A” from SAM.
Rep. Herb Clark (D-Millinocket), Democratic Lead, Endorsed by SAM
Rep. Jane Eberle (D-South Portland), Endorsed by MLCV.
Rep. Sheryl Briggs (D-Mexico), Endorsed by SAM and MLCV.
Rep. Michael Shaw (D-Standish), Endorsed by SAM.