Lawmaker Seeks To Exempt Some Maine Guides From Background Checks

Dec 29, 2017

A Republican state lawmaker is proposing changes to a Maine law approved last spring that requires Maine Guides to undergo a background check in order to be licensed. 

Sen. Paul Davis, a Republican from Sangerville, is proposing to lift the background check requirement for marine-based guides.  Davis says they are already subject to one through another agency.

“They have to get a permit through the Coast Guard, I know that," he says. "And when they get that permit, or license, they have to have a background check.”

Davis says it doesn’t make sense to require two background checks for those particular guides. He also wants a five-year license term instead of the current three years.

A public hearing on the proposal has yet to be scheduled.