New Law Effective in 2018 For Moose Hunters

STATE OF MAINE
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IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD
TWO THOUSAND AND SEVENTEEN
_____ H.P. 395 - L.D. 553
An Act To Offer Hunters 65 Years of Age or Older Who Have Accumulated at Least 30 Points a Guaranteed Moose Permit
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, current law allows a resident 70 years of age or older who has accumulated the necessary number of points to be awarded a moose hunting permit without participating in the public chance lottery for a moose permit; and
Whereas, many residents 70 years of age and older are unable to hunt moose at that age; and
Whereas, residents 65 years of age and older are better able to hunt moose if awarded a moose hunting permit; and
Whereas, this legislation must take effect before the end of the 90-day period so that it takes effect in time for the upcoming moose hunting season; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore, 
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows: 
Sec. 1.  12 MRSA §11154, sub-§9, as amended by PL 2013, c. 226, §1, is further amended to read: 
9.  Selection procedure. Permittees are selected by a public chance drawing, except that a permit must be issued to any resident who is 70 65 years of age or older or will attain 70 65 years of age during the calendar year in which the resident is applying for the permit, who has accumulated at least 30 points pursuant to subsection 8 and who applies for and is otherwise eligible to obtain the permit. 
LAW WITHOUT GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE   MAY 21, 2017
CHAPTER   76   PUBLIC LAW