Rep. Russell Black
Rep. Russell Black is entering his fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives serving the people of House District 114 which includes the towns of Chesterville, Industry, New Vineyard, Strong, Temple and Wilton.
Rep. Black will once again serve as the lead on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee in the 128th Maine Legislature. He also served in that capacity in the 125th, 126th and 127th Legislature.
He lives in Wilton with his wife Susan.
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Black during the 127th Legislature:
LD 482: “An Act To Prohibit Flying over Land with Drones without Written Permission from the Landowner” – This bill makes operating an unmanned aerial vehicle over the land of another without written permission of the landowner a civil trespass punishable by a fine of not less than $500.
LD 110: “An Act To Designate Maple Syrup as the Official State Sweetener” – This bill designates pure maple syrup as the official state sweetener.
LD 320: “An Act Regarding Retrieving Wounded Bear”
Previously, the law provided for a license to use leashed dogs to track wounded animals and allows a person who holds such a license to provide dog tracking services to others for a fee without being licensed as a guide. This amendment consolidates those provisions and makes the following changes.
1. It converts the license to use leashed dogs to track wounded animals from an annual license for $27 to a 3-year permit for $81.
2. It provides that a person must hold a big game hunting license to be eligible to obtain the permit to use a leashed dog to track a wounded animal and specifies that the permit only allows the tracking of a lawfully wounded animal.
3. It allows the permit holder to track a wounded animal outside of legal hunting hours.
4. It expressly gives the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife rule-making authority to regulate activities conducted pursuant to the permit.
Previously, the law allowed a licensed hunting guide to track and dispatch a client’s wounded bear, deer or moose after legal hunting hours without a license to use leashed dogs to track wounded bear, deer or moose. This amendment relocates and changes that provision of law to provide that the hunting guide must obtain authorization from the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to track and dispatch a client’s wounded bear, deer or moose after legal hunting hours. It also specifies that a guide authorized to track a wounded bear, deer or moose may use one leashed dog for tracking purposes.