LD 1175 was introduced by Speaker Gideon on behalf of Governor Janet Mills

AUGUSTA – “An Act to Protect Sustenance Fishing,” introduced by Speaker Sara Gideon on behalf of Governor Janet Mills, passed the House and Senate today.  LD 1775, establishes in Maine, for the first time, water quality standards designed to protect sustenance fishing in certain waters for Maine tribes.

                “The time is long past due that we show Maine’s Tribal communities that their concerns are our concerns, that we take action to address them responsibly, and that we address them together,” said Speaker Gideon. “I applaud the Governor and her Administration for bringing this bill forward in collaboration and partnership with Maine’s Tribes, and I thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for their unanimous bipartisan support.”

The bill passed in both Chambers with unanimous consent. The bill now faces additional procedural votes in both Chambers before heading to the Governor’s desk.