Bill Involving Foreign Loggers Vetoed By LePage

Updated 4 years ago

Governor LePage has vetoed a bill that would prohibit foreign loggers from working on state-owned land managed by the Department of Conservation. The bill narrowly passed in the legislature last month, but LePage vetoed it on constitutional grounds. LePage cited a letter from the attorney general, saying the bill raises equal protection questions under the constitution, and contractors already are prohibited from using Canadian loggers if they can’t find Maine or U.S. workers.Some Maine loggers have acccused landowners and contractors of hiring lower-cost Canadian loggers while maine workers struggle to find jobs.


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