Legislator to meet with state attorney general on lobster rules

Sep 09, 2019

Augusta — Independent State Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos of Friendship will meet with Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey Sept. 12 to ask for his involvement to defend the Maine lobster industry from what he regards as unfair and unjustified proposals being floated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in reference to the gear reductions under consideration by the federal agency.

Evangelos said in a press release that "with Gov. Mills, former Gov. Lepage, Speaker of the House Gideon, and our entire federal congressional delegation all on board opposing the proposed regulations to reduce gear, I want the attorney general to guarantee that our first line of defense will be supported by the Attorney General's Office. NOAA has publicly admitted that no Maine lobster gear has ever harmed a right whale. Our local fishermen should not be bearing the weight of these unjustified actions and regulations. The Maine Attorney General's Office is the largest law firm in the state of Maine, and I plan on asking AG Frey to provide our lobster industry with the full legal defense to challenge any unjustified actions by NOAA."

Evangelos stated that his meeting with Frey will also focus on criminal justice reform, something that is sweeping the nation. "We will be discussing and proposing wide-ranging reforms, including post-conviction appeals, recidivism, prison conditions and a consistent policy of good time earned in prison." Evangelos praised NBC journalist Lester Holt for his advocacy of criminal justice reforms.

As Holt recently stated, Evangelos said, "we all have a stake in reducing recidivism. Most people in prison will be coming home some day, will be looking for a stable life and a decent job, hopefully rejoining their families and becoming productive citizens again. We all have a stake in making it work". Evangelos is the sponsor of LD-302, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Post-conviction Review in Order To Facilitate the Fair Hearing of All Evidence in Each Case Involving a Claim of Innocence." The bill will be considered by the Judiciary Committee, where Evangelos serves, in January 2020.

Evangelos represents the towns of Waldoboro, Friendship,Washington and part of Union, which make up House District 91.

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