Maine LD 888: An Act To Recognize and Provide for the Right To Hunt for Sustenance in Aroostook County for Maliseet and Micmac Tribal Members and Disabled Veterans

LD 888 (subjects: HUNTING , REGULATIONS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=888&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Henry John Bear of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians: (U – District 154) — e-mail | Facebook

3 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/12/2015 House Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/12/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Davis of Piscataquis, REFERRED to the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in concurrence.
5/5/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative SHAW of Standish, the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 54
(Yeas 96 – Nays 51 – Absent 4 – Excused 0)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/6/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
Unfinished Business
5/7/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Majority Ought Not To Pass Report ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Recognize and Provide for the Right To Hunt for Sustenance in Aroostook County for Maliseet and Micmac Tribal Members and Disabled Veterans

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 12 MRSA c. 915, sub-c. 16 is enacted to read:

SUBCHAPTER 16

SUSTENANCE

12171. Definitions

As used in this subchapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

1. One hundred percent disabled veteran. “One hundred percent disabled veteran” means a person receiving compensation for a service-connected disability of 100% under public laws administered by the United States Veterans Administration.
2. Sustenance use. “Sustenance use” means all noncommercial consumption or noncommercial use by an individual or the individual’s immediate family or within the individual’s household.

12172. Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and Aroostook Band of Micmacs

Except for moose or bear, notwithstanding any provision of this Part regarding licensure, season, day, time, hunter age, wild animal or bird sex or other characteristics or bag limits, an enrolled member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians or the Aroostook Band of Micmacs may hunt for, take and possess any wild animal or bird at any time in Aroostook County for sustenance use only. This section does not apply to a species identified as endangered under state or federal law.

12173. Moose and bear allocations for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Aroostook Band of Micmacs and disabled veterans in Aroostook County

1. Sustenance permits. The commissioner shall annually issue 33 moose permits and 33 bear permits to members of each of the following groups:

A. Enrolled members of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians;
B. Enrolled members of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs; and
C. One hundred percent disabled veterans residing in Aroostook County.

Hunting with a permit issued under this section must occur in Aroostook County and must be for sustenance use only. A permit issued under this section is not subject to a fee. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a disabled veteran hunting with a sustenance moose permit or bear permit pursuant to this section may hunt from a motor vehicle, as defined in Title 29-A, section 101, subsection 42. An enrolled member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians or the Aroostook Band of Micmacs may hunt notwithstanding section 11651-A and any provision of this Part regarding licensure, season, day, time, hunter age or wild animal or bird sex or other characteristics.

12174. Rules

The commissioner may adopt rules to implement this subchapter. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

summary

This bill provides that members of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs may hunt for any wild animal or bird at any time in Aroostook County for sustenance use. Tribal members engaging in this sustenance hunting are largely exempt from general wild game laws, except that moose and bear hunting must be done by special permits issued by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The commissioner is required to annually issue 33 moose permits and 33 bear permits to members of each respective tribe. The commissioner is also directed to annually issue 33 moose permits and 33 bear permits for sustenance hunting in Aroostook County to 100% disabled United States veterans residing in Aroostook County, who are bound by the general wild game laws except that they may hunt from a motor vehicle.

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