May 8, 2013

Maine bill would give fee break to fishermen on active military duty

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — A bill in the Maine Legislature is proposing that fishermen who are called to active duty not be required to pay any fees on their fishing licenses while they are serving.

Lobster fishermen and veterans are expected to speak in support of the proposed law when the Marine Resources Committee holds a public hearing Wednesday.

Under current law, fishermen who are members of the military and are called to active duty must pay fees to keep their licenses active while they are serving or risk forfeiting their licenses, even though they're not fishing.

The proposed law, L.D. 1488, would allow active-duty service members to maintain their licenses while serving without paying license fees so they can continue working as a lobsterman or other harvester once they return.

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