District: Northern Oxford County and Jay
Legislative service: Third term in Senate, spent three terms in the House
Committees: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife chairman; Legal and Veterans Affairs
Bill record: 15 bills, eight signed, seven dead
Tax reform: Against
Washington County slots at a tribal horse track: For
Stiffer seat belt law: Against
Increase term limits from 4 two-year terms to 6: For
The Insurance and Financial Services Committee will spend the summer looking at ways to combat Lyme disease, and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention will look at ways to get the public informed, as a result of a bill by Bruce Bryant to raise awareness and get insurance coverage for victims.
Bryant is one half of the “Bryant brothers” duo, who sit on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and often co-sponsor legislation. Mark Bryant, D-Windham, was a co-sponsor on the Lyme disease bill.
He also co-sponsored a bill with Bruce establishing an emergency response to the introduction of illegal fish species, and Bruce flew solo on a bill to have the committee work with sportsmen’s clubs to snatch up privately owned tracts of lands that serve as gateways to major recreational parcels.
Bruce Bryant is the chairman of the committee, which reviewed a controversial bill seeking to outlaw recreational bear trapping. It ultimately failed.
“Trapping is a sustainable, biologically sound and traditional activity in Maine,” Bryant said.
Bryant, a member of the Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee, also proposed an amendment for the Gambling Board to establish rules for a casino, just in case one were to be approved in the future in Maine. This amendment died on the floor.