*Update* – The vote in the JSC was unanimous, ought not to pass.
According to an email I just received from Diane Steward, clerk Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and Marine Resources Committees in Maine, LD 1474 was voted on in the Joint Standing Committee for Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as “ought not to pass.” I do not know the actual vote count.
LD 1474 was a bill being sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that would have effectively ended bear hunting and trapping in the state of Maine if it should pass. The “ought not to pass” recommendation now goes to the Legislature. More than likely, it should die a pleasant death.
However, HSUS has promised that if this bill does not pass, they will fight it with a referendum in 2014 and in addition to the bans sought in LD 1474, they will also seek an end to all baiting of bear.