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Representative Richard Mason [Republican]
Lisbon ~ District 56

Towns in District: Lisbon

Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

House Committees:
♦ Bills in the Second Reading

Joint Committees:
♦ Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

✉ Richard.Mason@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 312 Ridge Road
Lisbon Falls, Maine 04252


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters0%
Maine People's Alliance, 20188%
Maine Conservation Voters, 2018 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20172 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201710%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201725%

The graphs below are frequency histograms that show counts of the number of legislators with various scores, color coded by party. The "X" marks this legislator's score in that distribution of scores.

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LD 1579 An Act To Create a Limited Fish Stocking Permit Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-375, Enacted, Signed into law May 10, 2019
LD 1579
This bill allows a municipality to stock with fish an inland water of the municipality, subject to a determination by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Bureau of Resource Management that the species of fish is appropriate to be stocked in that inland water and to the public notification requirements that apply when the bureau proposes to stock an inland water with fish.

Amendment H-375
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to issue a limited permit to a local government. A limited permit allows a local government to introduce fish only into a great pond within the jurisdiction of the local government that was previously stocked by the department and in which stocking was suspended prior to January 1, 2019 and has not been resumed by the department due to inadequate public access. The permit allows the introduction of only the same species of fish that was stocked at the time the department suspended stocking. The permit allows only the introduction of fish obtained by the local government at its own expense from an in-state commercial facility that meets testing and health guidelines approved by the department. The permit may be issued only if the local government identifies public access to the great pond that is at least suitable for the hand carrying of boats to the water, includes a parking area and has been marked with signage adequate to ensure public awareness of the public access. "Local government" is defined as a municipality or, in the unorganized territory, a county.

LD 1579 Chaptered Law
LD 1579 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 26 An Act To Provide Complimentary Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses to Retired Game Wardens with 25 Years of Service Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 12, 2019
LD 26
This bill allows a retired game warden with 25 years of service to receive a complimentary lifetime license to hunt, trap and fish.

LD 27 An Act To Allow the Use of a Crossbow for a Limited Duration during the Archery Season on Deer and the Fall Season on Wild Turkey Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-147, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 27
This bill allows crossbows to be used during the regular archery-only deer hunting season.

Amendment H-147
This amendment replaces the bill and the title. For a period of 3 years, beginning in 2020, it allows a person, in accordance with rules adopted by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, to hunt deer with a crossbow during the open archery season on deer and the fall open season on hunting wild turkey. It specifies that a person using a crossbow during the open archery season may not harvest an antlerless deer unless that person possesses an antlerless deer permit. It also clarifies that, outside of this limited time period, the use of a crossbow to hunt wild turkey is allowed only during the spring open season on hunting wild turkey. Lastly, it requires the commissioner to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over inland fisheries and wildlife matters that includes a recommendation on whether to continue to permit the use of a crossbow during the regular archery season and the fall open season on hunting wild turkey and whether the commissioner allowed the use of a crossbow during a special archery season on deer and, if so, whether the use should continue to be permitted. The committee may report out a bill based on the report.

LD 27 Chaptered Law
LD 27 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 83 An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Resale by a Motor Vehicle Dealer To Permit the Dealer To Use a Copy of a Certificate of Title Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, February 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 83
This bill allows a dealer selling a motor vehicle to use a copy of the valid certificate of title instead of the original valid certificate of title.

LD 540 An Act Regarding Qualifications for District Attorneys Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-98, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 540
Current law requires that only attorneys who are admitted to the practice of law in the State may be elected or appointed district attorney. This bill adds the requirement that an attorney may not have been suspended from the practice of law in the State or any other jurisdiction during the previous 10 years in order to be elected or appointed district attorney and specifies that disbarment or suspension from the practice of law vacates the office.

Amendment H-98
The bill provides for the disqualification of a person to be elected or appointed district attorney if the person has been suspended from the practice of law within the previous 10 years. It also provides that disbarment or suspension during the term of office results in the person vacating the office. This amendment retains these provisions.

This amendment requires a district attorney to be a "member in good standing of the bar of the State," which is consistent with the generally accepted standard of qualification of attorneys for positions. Language from the law governing qualifications for the Attorney General is added to the law governing qualifications for a district attorney to make these provisions consistent. Any suspension must have ended at least 10 years prior to the attorney's election or appointment as district attorney.

LD 540 Chaptered Law
LD 540 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 652 An Act To Modify Maine's Ice Fishing Laws with Respect to Cusk Fishing Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 652
This bill changes how often a person is required to check cusk lines while ice fishing from at least once every hour in the nighttime to at least once every 24 hours.

LD 662 An Act To Count Study Abroad toward Secondary School Credit Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-54, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 662
This bill requires school administrative units to award course credit to students who have studied abroad by awarding the student elective credit based on hours of instruction received abroad or by awarding credit hours in the relevant content area if the student receives 3rd-party certification or if the student passes a summative assessment.

Amendment H-54
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill by requiring school boards to adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad. The school board may include in the policy that the school administrative unit award credit as elective credit, through 3rd-party certification or based on a summative assessment.

This amendment also requires the Department of Education to issue an administrative letter to school boards and superintendents addressing the benefits of proactive communication between the school administrative unit and parents of a student and the student regarding the credit options available to the student prior to the student's participation in the study abroad program.

This amendment also incorporates a fiscal note. The fiscal note identifies the requirement that local school boards adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad as a potential unfunded state mandate. The committee reviewed the fiscal note and determined that requiring a school board to adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad is not a mandate. Because school boards have a duty to adopt policies that govern school administrative units pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 1001, subsection 1-A, and because Title 20-A requires school administrative units to provide students with opportunities for learning in multiple pathways, the requirement that local school boards adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures.



LD 662 Amendment H-54 fiscal note
LD 695 An Act To Require Biodegradable Hooks and Lures for Freshwater Fishing Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 695
Beginning January 1, 2024, this bill prohibits fishing in inland waters using nonbiodegradable hooks or certain nonbiodegradable artificial lures. A person who violates this prohibition commits a Class E crime.

LD 728 An Act To Fairly Compensate Registration Stations for Bear, Deer, Moose and Turkey Registrations Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 728
This bill amends the law governing registration of harvested animals to have registration agents retain $4 of each registration seal for a bear, deer or moose. It also increases the amount collected for each wild turkey registered to $3, leaving the amount retained at $2.

LD 808 An Act To Create a Youth Wage Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 808
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for a person who is under 18 years of age and is enrolled as a student in a school. The wage is 75% of the regular minimum hourly wage.

LD 822 An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Motor Fuel Containing More than 10% Ethanol Status: Dead, Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, May 9, 2019
LD 822
This bill prohibits a distributor, blender or retail dealer from selling, consigning or distributing motor fuel containing more than 10% ethanol by volume unless the motor fuel is sold, consigned or distributed in a sealed container that contains one quart or less of the motor fuel. It also repeals a contingent prohibition on the sale of motor fuel containing more than 10% ethanol by volume.

LD 830 An Act To Balance Maine's Minimum Wage for Small and Large Employers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 830
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for small employers that is less than the minimum hourly wage for large employers. Beginning October 1, 2019, for an employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees in Maine, the minimum hourly wage is established at $10; the minimum hourly wage for an employer of at least 50 full-time employees in Maine remains at $11 until January 1, 2021, when it increases to $12. This bill also delays the indexing of the minimum hourly wage for cost-of-living adjustments by one year until 2022.

LD 865 An Act To Provide Funding for Hunting Opportunities for Disabled Veterans Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-273, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 865
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the laws governing the funding sources of the controlled moose hunt season in the State.

Amendment H-273
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft, and changes the title. It allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to accept monetary donations to support hunting opportunities for disabled veterans. It requires the commissioner to transfer those donations to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to be deposited into the Hunting Opportunities for Disabled Veterans Fund, a nonlapsing fund to be used for the purpose of making funds available to organizations that provide disabled veterans with hunting opportunities. The fund may also receive any other monetary gifts, donations or other contributions from public or private sources. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 865 Chaptered Law
LD 865 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 891 Senator Lisa Keim Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 891
This bill allows the Commissioner of Inland and Fisheries and Wildlife to establish 3 consecutive days as youth hunting days for hunting bear and deer.

LD 932 An Act Regarding the Transfer of a Deceased Person's Moose Permit to a Family Member (By request) Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-185, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 932
This bill specifies that if a person who is issued a moose permit dies prior to the start of the moose hunting season, that person's subpermittee-designate or subpermittee, if an immediate family member, must be issued that person's moose permit. The new moose permit holder under this provision has the ability to name a subpermittee-designate and alternate subpermittee-designate.

Amendment H-185
This amendment replaces the bill. It requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to transfer a moose permit to a family member who meets eligibility and permit requirements and who is not otherwise prohibited from holding the moose permit if the permit holder dies at any time prior to or during the moose hunting season if a moose has not yet been harvested under that permit.

LD 932 Chaptered Law
LD 932 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1307 An Act To Promote Snowmobiling in Maine Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-113, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1307
This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish an online notification process by which a nonresident who plans to operate in this State during the 3-consecutive-day period under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 13104, subsection 7, paragraph E a snowmobile that is not registered in this State may provide information, including the nonresident snowmobile operator's name, address, telephone number and e-mail address and the location or locations where the nonresident plans to operate the snowmobile, to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in order to promote seasonal nonresident snowmobile registration opportunities to nonresident snowmobile operators and to promote general snowmobile recreational activities in the State through regional state tourism organizations and a statewide organization with an interest in snowmobiling. It provides that failure to comply with the provision setting out the online notification process is not a violation of any law or rule of the department but that nothing in the provision relieves a person of the person's responsibilities under any law or rule regulating the ownership or operation of a snowmobile in the State.

It requires, as a condition of the 3-consecutive-day period during which a nonresident may operate an unregistered snowmobile in the State, use of the online notification process by the operator.

It also directs the Director of the Office of Tourism within the Department of Economic and Community Development to collaborate, within existing budgeted resources, with the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in the production and distribution through regional state tourism organizations and a statewide organization with an interest in snowmobiling of promotional materials relating to seasonal nonresident snowmobile registration and general snowmobile recreational opportunities using the information collected by the notification process.

The legislation takes effect on December 1, 2019.

Amendment S-113
This amendment delays the effective date of the legislation to January 1, 2020.

LD 1307 Chaptered Law
LD 1307 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1438 An Act To Clarify the Intent of Referendum Questions for Voters Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1438
This bill requires the Secretary of State, with the assistance of the Attorney General and the Revisor of Statutes, to prepare a summary of each referendum question that explains the referendum question to the voter and to place this summary on the ballot after the corresponding referendum question. This summary may not exceed 250 words, except that additional words may be used if the Secretary of State considers it necessary and space on the ballot permits.

LD 1551 An Act To Clarify Fishing Laws between the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Marine Resources as They Relate to Striped Bass in Inland Waters Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-308, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1551
This bill eliminates duplicative rulemaking by prohibiting the fishing or possession of striped bass taken from the inland waters of the State in violation of rules adopted by the Commissioner of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-308
This amendment clarifies the language of the bill but preserves the bill's intent, which is to provide that fishing for or possession of striped bass taken from the inland waters of the State in violation of striped bass rules adopted by the Commissioner of Marine Resources is prohibited and is subject to the applicable penalties for violating the fishing rules of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

LD 1551 Chaptered Law
LD 1551 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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