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Bill to Arm Maine’s Forest Rangers Moves Forward

Officers in every other branch of natural resources law enforcement in Maine are trained annually and armed.

They carry to protect themselves, and others as they go about enforcing Maine's laws.

Forest Rangers enforce Maine's laws too, and even though their jurisdiction is the state's timberland, they're often investigating serious crimes such as theft and arson.

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Matt Cardy, Getty Images
Matt Cardy, Getty Images

Bill to Ban State from Buying Bottled Water Being Considered by Lawmakers

Rep. Brian Jones of Freedom and a handful of environmental advocates are supporting a law that would prohibit state and local governments from buying bottled water. They feel the move would save the state thousands of dollars and put Maine into a leadership role in the effort to reduce waste from bottled water. However, there are some concerns.

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Photo by Kerry Lall
Photo by Kerry Lall

MPBN’s New State House TV Channel Starting Soon

Legislative leaders have said OK to Maine Public Broadcasting Network and expanding State House coverage. It should be kind of like a local version of C-SPAN. The idea was approved by the House and Senate leaders. The free, over-the-air MPBN State House TV channel is devoted exclusively to coverage of the Legislature and government affairs.

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Christopher Furlong, Getty Images
Christopher Furlong, Getty Images

The Lawmakers are Back on the Job in Augusta

The Maine Legislature has reconvened and is getting back to work. They have a lot to look at this session. However, there is still not a change in the stalemate between Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who's declined to meet with them.

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