District: All of Franklin County except Jay, two towns in Somerset County and seven towns in Kennebec County
Legislative service: First term in Senate, previously spent four terms in the House
Committees: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Bill record: Three submitted; three 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
In his first term in the Senate, Walter Gooley sat on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.
The IFW committee has jurisdiction over outdoor recreational issues. This session they dealt with controversial bills that would have prohibited bear trapping and the stocking of splake in waters that drain into or out of wild trout waters. Both failed after contentious debate.
Gooley also presented 21 legislative sentiments on the floor and cosponsored legislation to equalize MaineCare reimbursements to hospitals, as well as cosponsored a resolve to assist veterans in need of shelter.
The three pieces of legislation Gooley was lead sponsor of failed. One effort would have required vehicles transporting poultry fecal matter to be covered. Another would have extended the look-back period for the transfer of assets to residents of private, nonmedical, residential care institutions.
Another failed effort would have removed the authority of the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority to take on expensive projects without approval from the Legislature. Projects built in recent years by it include capitol buildings and the Riverview Psychiatric Center.