WOOLWICH — A local lawmaker criticized the Le- Page administration’s gag order on officials testifying before the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.

“How can we as legislators craft effective policy if the administration won’t share information in a meaningful way?” said Rep. Peter Kent, D-Woolwich, a member of the committee. “It’s frustrating that the administration is so disrespectful not only of the people’s representatives, but also of the Maine citizens and businesses who want government to work.”

Democrats said the committee agenda included a discussion of forestry practices that use science-based processes with an eye toward determining how Maine can ensure the longterm sustainability of its forestry products industry.

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