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Augusta, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- A Portland lawmaker has introduced legislation that would abolish the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council. The council gives advice and consent to the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries Wildlife.

Democratic State Senator AnnHaskell of Portland introduced the bill. In testimony before the Fish and Wildlife Committe, Haskell expressed three concerns, "the amount of department resources being spent in administering the functions of the council, role in rule making and communication" to the department by ordinary citizens.

Commissioner Chandler Woodcock supports the council as it is.

The bill has had a public hearing and will go before theLegislature's Fish and Wildlife Committee on March 14th.

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