1991 legislature killed these bills

The other night I was reading a July 1991 edition of The Maine Sportsman, when I came across a column from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine listing the legislative bills the group helped to defeat that session.

I found this list to be quite interesting and I want to share with you today. Here it is.

LD 97, An act to prohibit shooting from or across an accepted road. (You probably know that eventually this did become law).

LD 816, An act to promote safety in hunting. This would have prohibited hunting within 1000 feet of dwelling.

LD 965, An act to require hunters to wear fluorescent orange in all hunting seasons (even duck season).

LD 1416, An act to require all watercraft used on inland waters to have Maine registrations.

LD 1616, An act to amend the laws concerning hunting on private property. The non-hunters rights alliance proposed a sign reversal program.

LD 543, An act prohibiting the driving or parking of vehicles on ice covered bodies of water.

There was one bill cited in the report which was enacted. It was LD 589, An act to establish a crime and penalty for killing a person while hunting. After a lady was killed in her backyard by a deer hunter, Representative Paul Jacques sponsored this legislation which essentially requires deer hunters to see an entire deer before they shoot.



George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.