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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Maine Law Allows More Disabled Veterans to Hunt, Fish For Free

picture  of a large white tailed deer buck with huge antlers standing on a Prairie of dried grasses. To the left and below it says, "Get information about hunting in Maine.."
Image from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Multiple news outlets reported earlier this week on a new state law that will allow more disabled veterans to hunt and fish for free. The bill was introduced by Rep. Wilson (R-Augusta) and was signed into law by Gov. LePage last week.

The law will allow Mainers will have a 50 percent or more disability rating from Veterans Affairs to hunt, fish, or trap without having to pay the license fee. Previously, only veterans with a 70 or 100 percent disability rating were able to obtain free licenses.

Veterans make up a disproportionately large number of both the state population and its population of people with disabilities, so this is likely to affect significant number of people.

This story was reported on by WCSH Channel 6, the Portland Press Herald, and WABI TV.

New England GrassRoots Organizing Workshops Sept. 27-29 in Bryant Pond, Maine

From ROSC (Resources for Organizing for Social Change), Ability Maine's parent organization…

Save the Date: Tenth annual GROW (GrassRoots Organizing Workshops) New England Weekend

September 27-29, 2013 

Bryant Pond 4-H Camp in Bryant Pond (on Christopher Lake in western Maine)

Learn and hone organizing strategies, enjoy beautiful surroundings and healthy food, network with old friends and meet new ones with similar interests.

Workshops will focus on strategies for social change:
*Campaign Development
*Skills Share
*Listening and Storytelling
*Overcoming Oppressions
*Power Analysis
*Influencing Public Policy
*Organizing 101
*and more.

Cost on a sliding scale basis ($10-80) so all can attend.

Ask for a brochure and/or register by mail, phone, email, or on the ROSC website.

For more information, contact:
Jacqui at 284-3358 or
Iggy at 415-4458 or
Larry at 525-7776 or
or — click on Projects to register