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May 19, 2015 6:18 PM

Maine senate overrides moose permit bill

The Associated Press

Maine's Senate is overriding Republican Governor Paul LePage's veto of a bill that would allow the state to let a hunter transfer a coveted moose hunting permit to a family member in certain cases.

The Republican-controlled Senate unanimously voted to override LePage's veto on Tuesday. LePage vetoed the bill and issued a statement that said it opens up new avenues for families to try to "game this system in new and innovative ways." Democratic Senator David Miramant of Camden says the bill is designed to help Maine hunters who face exceptional circumstances.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration of the veto.

Maine's moose hunting permits are subject to a lottery. This year there will be 2,815 permits. There are typically more than 50,000 applications.


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