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Bryant Brothers Introduce Legislation on Bald Eagle

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 15:35:33 EST

AUGUSTA- Senator Bruce Bryant (D-Oxford County) of Dixfield and his brother, Representative Mark Bryant (D-Windham) have submitted legislation to remove the bald eagle from Maine's list of Endangered and Threatened Species. This move follows the federal de-listing of the bald eagle, which occurred in 2007."The bald eagle is doing great in Maine," said Senator Bryant. "We've seen a tremendous increase in their population numbers and we are simply following the lead of the federal government regarding their classification."State and federal law first recognized the Bald Eagle as an Endangered Species in Maine and 42 other states in 1978. Subsequent recovery of eagle populations led to reclassification as a Threatened Species in 1995. Further improvements prompted the federal government to remove Bald Eagles from its list of Endangered and Threatened species in 2007. However, the Bald Eagle remains listed as a Threatened species under Maine's Endangered Species Act (MESA), because federal delisting does not automatically trigger state delisting in Maine. To remove the Bald Eagle from Maine's list, the Commissioner of Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife must recommend its removal to Maine's Legislature, who has the final authority for listing and delisting, but only upon the recommendation of the Commissioner."Last session, I worked closely with biologists from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife with the legislative review of Maine's endangered and threatened species list," said Representative Bryant. "The process is complex and measured to remove any species, and it has been my experience that our biologists use extreme caution in making these recommendations."Although the Bald Eagle no longer receives protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), it will continue to receive protection under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Lacey Act. All prohibit "take," which is defined as possession, transport, export, import, purchase, sale, trade, or offer to exchange eagles, parts thereof, eggs, or nests. The Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Pesticides Control Act address contaminant issues that have plagued eagles, other raptors, and fish-eating birds.Under Maine statue, protection for wild birds ensures perpetually closed seasons on Bald Eagles, and prohibits hunting, possession, and destruction of nests or eggs of Bald Eagles. "We're not looking to create a hunting season on the bald eagle," said Senator Bryant. "This legislation is a good thing. It means we are doing everything right. Maine's bald eagle population is rebounded and this legislation simply reflects that. It's important that people see us remove species when their status has improved. We get many complaints when we place a species on the list, but it goes both ways."Inventories of Maine eagles began in 1962, when initial efforts revealed low numbers, reduced range, poor reproductive rates, and an uncertain future for the Bald Eagle. By the late-1970s, a remnant of 30 - 60 nesting pairs in Maine and one in New York were the only breeding eagles left in the Northeast between the Chesapeake Bay and Canada. At that time, Maine was one of only five population centers for eagles nesting in the lower 48 states.There are currently at least 477 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in Maine; there are more than 300 fledglings produced annually; there have been no population declines greater than 5% since 1997; and 97 nesting areas are now in secure conservation ownership or easement."This bird is our symbol of freedom, and our state has worked hard to ensure its preservation," said Representative Bryant. "I am confident that these efforts will continue in that spirit."The bill, LD 66, An Act To Amend Maine's Endangered and Threatened Species List by Removing the Bald Eagle, is scheduled for a public hearing at 1:00 pm before the Legislature's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.About the Bryant BrothersThe only sibling-legislator team in the Maine [...]



Senator Bryant and Representative Carter to Host Bethel Area Community Forum on Energy Issues

Thu, 18 Sep 2008 17:05:53 EDT

BETHEL, MAINE-Got Questions - Get Answers!

The public is invited to the Bethel Area Community Forum on Energy being held at Telstar High School Library on September 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A special panel representing Maine State Housing Authority, Efficiency Maine, the Attorney General, Bethel Fire Department, Bethel Town Office, Congressman Mike Michaud's Office, Governor's Office of Energy Independence, Community Concepts, and others will discuss a variety of resources and tips area residents may be able to take advantage of to lower heating costs and stay safe this winter. A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

• What: Community Energy Conservation Workshop

• When: Thursday, September 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

• Where: Telstar High School Library

• Who: Senator Bruce Bryant, Representative Tim Carter and a Panel on Energy Conservation and Services




Senator Bryant to Host Energy Conservation Workshop

Mon, 25 Aug 2008 13:39:38 EDT

JAY, MAINE-The public is invited to an Energy Conservation Workshop at the Jay High School Library, Wednesday, August 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.

The workshop is hosted by Senator Bruce Bryant and co-hosted by Representative Ray Pineau. A special panel of guests including energy program manager Jo-Ann Choate from Maine State Housing Authority, Dick Bacon from Efficiency Maine, a representative from the Jay Fire Department, Irving Faunce from Western Maine Community Action, Ruth Marden from Jay's office of general assistance, and a representative from the United Way will talk about a variety of resources and tips area residents may be able to take advantage of to lower heating costs.

Jo-Ann Choate from Maine State Housing Authority will talk about a variety of programs available to the public including the Low Income Heating Assistance Program, MaineHousing's Weatherization Program and Central Heating Improvement Program provide grants to low-income homeowners and renters to reduce energy costs by improving home energy efficiency, home energy audit services, and MaineHousing's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP).

Dick Bacon from Efficiency Maine will talk about rebate programs like the state's solar thermal rebate program, solar electric system rebates, and home auditing services that are available.

A representative from the Jay Fire Department will talk about important safety tips to consider when heating your home this winter.

Irving Faunce from Western Maine Community Action will talk about a variety of energy assistance programs including LIHEAP.

Ruth Marden from Jay's office of general assistance will discuss programs and services Jay provides.

A representative from the United Way has been invited to talk about the programs and volunteer opportunities they are involved with.

Senator Bryant will be offering additional energy conservation workshops in his district in early September.



Senate Chair of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee Speaks Out on Recent Snowmobile Deaths

Fri, 07 Mar 2008 15:25:55 EST

"This is really disturbing and has to stop," says Senator Bruce Bryant of Dixfield, Senate Chair of the Legislature's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee

Augusta - Senator Bruce Bryant (D-Oxford County) today expressed tremendous concern over the recent snowmobile deaths across the state.

"To have five deaths over such a short period of time is really disturbing," said Senator Bryant. "It is also a disturbing fact that the Department of Inland of Fisheries and Wildlife is under staffed, under funded, and ill-equipped to patrol the state in a way it would like to. The State and most citizens want, and rightly expect, us to investigate and patrol more areas of the state - especially on weekends. The problem is that Maine is a big State, and there are too few wardens and no money to pay those we do have the overtime to provide better coverage."

"We are talking about a department that is basically self-funded from the fees it collects from licenses and registrations, etc. It simply does not generate enough funding from those sources to be able to do what the people want. Maine has a huge snowmobiling population-both from within the state and from those coming here for the recreation. This one recreational activity brings a lot of money into state coffers by way of taxes on lodging, meals, gas, groceries and other things. Unfortunately, only a small portion of those monies that go to the General Fund are returned to the Department," added Senator Bryant.

Maine has 13,550 miles of snowmobile trails and there have been 9 deaths on snowmobiles thus far in 2008 - 6 of those linked to high rates of speed, according to Commissioner Roland "Danny" Martin of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

"Representative Troy Jackson, House Chair of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, and I will continue to work with other members of the committee, as well as other state law enforcement agencies, to find ways to improve safety," concluded Senator Bryant.



Bryant Brothers Ensure Protection of HOME Fund

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 17:48:18 EDT

AUGUSTA - The Maine House and Senate gave overwhelming approval Tuesday to legislation that would keep the Housing Opportunities for Maine (HOME) Fund protected from cuts or funding shifts within the state budget.

Proposed by the Bryant Brothers, Rep. Mark Bryant, D-Windham, and Sen. Bruce Bryant, D-Oxford County, the bill shines a light on the continued need for support for affordable housing programs throughout Maine, one of the many recommendations from the Brookings Institute report.

"The HOME Fund has been a key resource for many Mainers to find a place they can afford to live, but it's also been one of the areas we've relied upon to take money from when the state budget is tight," said Rep. Bryant. "Protecting this funding helps the next generation of first-time home buyers, as well as people today just trying to pay the rent on a fixed income."

Funded by a portion of the real estate transfer tax, the HOME Fund leverages millions in federal matching dollars for initiatives such as low-interest mortgages for first-time home buyers, debt free supportive housing, grants to veterans, low-income housing tax credits, substandard housing development assistance, rural development planning, and support for the homeless and transitional housing programs.

"Over the years, we've lost millions in federal matching dollars when we've shifted money from the HOME fund - dollars that could have been used to help people of all ages and all walks of life find affordable housing," said Sen. Bryant. "We're standing up today and saying that we believe that having a quality, affordable place to live is our priority for everyone in Maine."

The bill, LD 936, An Act to Protect the Housing Opportunities for Maine Fund, now awaits Governor Baldacci's signature.

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About the Bryant Brothers

One of two sibling-legislator teams in the Maine State Legislature, the Bryant Brothers grew up with eight siblings in Canton, Maine, and have worked professionally in Maine paper mills. Sen. Bruce Bryant is serving his third term in the Maine Senate, and previously served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives. He is the Chair of the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee, of which Rep. Mark Bryant, a second-term representative, is also a member. Additionally, Rep. Bryant serves on the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Bryant is a member of the Legal and Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Together, the Bryant Brothers have proposed legislation on topics ranging from consumer protection, substance abuse, veterans' affairs, insurance, and hunting and other outdoor recreation. During the 122nd Legislature, their policy achievements included restoring the Maine turkey hunt to all who applied for permits, providing free state park passes and fishing licenses to returning veterans, and prohibiting the sale and use of Alcohol Without Liquid machines, among many other pieces of successful legislation.



Bill Seeks Funding for Fractionation Development Center

Fri, 11 May 2007 16:34:04 EDT

Augusta-Senator Bruce Bryant, D-Oxford County, Monday, will urge the Appropriations Committee to support $700,000 in funding over two years for a Fractionation Development Center (FDC) in Rumford.

The value of the FDC to Maine is in its ability to harness world-class minds and world-class organizations for the purpose of developing a bio-products sector in Maine. It is the design of the FDC to continue to grow and bring excellent projects to fruition in Maine, thus increasing the energy independence of New England while creating a more robust and independent economy in Maine.

The Fractionation Development Center (FDC), headquartered in Rumford, has a state-wide portfolio and is engaged in several significant projects. The FDC has founded one company, Maine BioDiesel, LLC, which is using an MTI grant to prepare for converting a mill residue into biodiesel at the 2 million gallon/year scale. The FDC is currently working on six separate biorefining projects varying in size and scope. (source: www.mainefdc.org)

Who: Senator Bruce Bryant

What: Public Hearing: LD 707, An Act To Fund the Fractionation Development Center

When: Monday, May 14th @ 9:00 a.m.

Where: Appropriations Committee

Listen to the Appropriations Committee online at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/afa_audio_page.htm

More info about the bill is available at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280023268






Work Session: Senator Bryant Seeks to Improve Hunter Safety Training

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:19:01 EDT

Augusta-The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Tuesday, will hold a public hearing on a bill by Senator Bruce Bryant, D-Oxford County, which would create a new hunter safety course. The goal of the bill is to improve hunter safety while offering more options and flexibility for those taking the courses.

Specifically, the bill would direct the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to create a new hunter safety course that includes an option for home study or classroom instruction, a day at the shooting range and options for firearm, bow and crossbow hunting instruction.

What: Work Session: LD 1305, Resolve, To Create a New Hunter Safety Course

When: Tuesday, May 1st @ 2:00 p.m.

Where: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee

Listen to the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee online at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/audio/ifw_cmte.html

More info about LD 1305 can be found online at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280024029




Senator Bryant Seeks to Improve Hunter Safety Training

Mon, 23 Apr 2007 16:42:08 EDT

Augusta-- Senator Bruce Bryant, D-Oxford County, Tuesday, will present a bill to the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, which would create a new hunter safety course. The goal of the bill is to improve hunter safety while offering more options and flexibility for those taking the courses.

Specifically, the bill would direct the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to create a new hunter safety course that includes an option for home study or classroom instruction, a day at the shooting range and options for firearm, bow and crossbow hunting instruction.

Who: Senator Bruce Bryant

What: Public Hearing: LD 1305, Resolve, To Create a New Hunter Safety Course

When: Tuesday, April 24th @ 1:00 p.m.

Where: Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee

Listen to the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee online at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/audio/ifw_cmte.html

More info about LD 1305 can be found online at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280024029




Work Session: Bryant Bill Would Expand Biofuel Tax Credit

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 15:35:30 EDT

AUGUSTA-The Taxation Committee, Friday, will hold a work session for a bill sponsored by Senator Bruce Bryant, D-Oxford County, Friday, that would extend from five to ten years the number of taxable years a person may be entitled to a biofuel tax credit.

The credit provides 5¢ per gallon on income derived from the production of biofuel.

Who: Senator Bruce Bryant

What: Work Session: LD 1003, An Act To Amend the Tax Credit for Biofuel Production

When: Friday, April 20h @ 1:00 p.m.

Where: Taxation Committee

Listen Online: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/audio/taxation_cmte.html

More info on the bill is online at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280023674




IFW Chairs Seek Signatures for Specialty Plate

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 16:45:25 EDT

AUGUSTA-Senator Bruce Bryant, D-Oxford County, and Representative Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, today said they are seeking support from sportsmen for a new Sportsmen's License Plate.

The plate will help fund core initiatives inside the department to help offset the need for license increases. The majority of the funds will help support landowner relations, which have been identified as one of the most important issues facing sportsmen in Maine. Part of the proceeds will go to the fish hatchery maintenance fund so that there will be funds available to maintain the infrastructure as we continue to upgrade our hatcheries. Resources will also go to the department to help manage wildlife throughout the state of Maine.

Due to budget needs, the Inland, Fisheries, and Wildlife Committee recently made a unanimous committee report to the Legislature's Appropriations Committee to streamline the process for a Sportsmen's License Plate, not the Department of Inland, Fisheries, and Wildlife as previously reported.

Senator Bryant said, "In my mind there has never been any doubt that we won't sell 2,000 sportsmen's plates. To clear up any misunderstanding around the license plate process, the IFW Chairs are committed to collecting the 2,000 signatures that are required and move the process along."

"At this point we would ask all of the sportsmen who are interested in a plate who may be attending the Sportsmen's Show at the University of Maine this weekend to pledge your support for a Sportsmen Specialty Plate at the show," Representative Jackson added.

Those interested in signing up for a plate at the show should bring the following: • The Name as it appears on your current registration • Your Current Plate Number • And $20 to guarantee your plate

The 69th Annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show is this weekend at the University of Maine Field House in Orono. March 16th 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. March 17th 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. March 18th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

More information about the show is online at www.conservationassociation.org.



Insurance Committee to Continue Work on Bill Expanding Insurance for those with Lyme Disease

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 17:47:56 EDT

Augusta-Following a public hearing that lasted nearly four and half hours Tuesday, the Insurance and Financial Affairs Committee, Friday, will continue its work on a bill sponsored by State Senator Bruce Bryant, that would require insurance polices to provide coverage for the treatment of Lyme disease.

It also requires any employer whose employees are involved in activities that place them at high risk of exposure to Lyme disease to provide those employees with accurate information about Lyme disease before allowing them to engage in such activities. In addition, the bill directs the Maine Center for Disease Control Prevention to study the incidence of Lyme disease in this State, how many cases of Lyme disease are contracted by employees during the course of their employment, and the effects of the disease on the State.

Who: Senator Bruce Bryant

What: WORK SESSION: LD 1521, an Act To Provide Education Concerning and Insurance Coverage for Lyme Disease

When: Friday, April 12th @ 10:00 a.m.

Where: Insurance and Financial Services Committee

Listen Online: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/audio/insurance_cmte.html

More info on the bill is online at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280024372



Bryant Bill Would Expand Biofuel Tax Credit

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 17:45:59 EDT

AUGUSTA-State Senator Bruce Bryant, D-Oxford County, Friday, will urge the Taxation Committee to support a bill that would extend from five to ten years the number of taxable years a person may be entitled to a biofuel tax credit.

The credit provides 5¢ per gallon on income derived from the production of biofuel.

Who: Senator Bruce Bryant

What: PUBLIC HEARING: LD 1003, An Act To Amend the Tax Credit for Biofuel Production

When: Friday, April 13th @ 10:00 a.m.

Where: Taxation Committee

Listen Online: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/audio/taxation_cmte.html

More info on the bill is online at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280023674



Bryant Seeks Insurance Coverage for Those with Lyme Disease

Tue, 10 Apr 2007 09:58:40 EDT

Augusta-State Senator Bruce Bryant, Tuesday, will present a bill to the Insurance and Financial Affairs Committee that would require insurance polices to provide coverage for the treatment of Lyme disease. It also requires any employer whose employees are involved in activities that place them at high risk of exposure to Lyme disease to provide those employees with accurate information about Lyme disease before allowing them to engage in such activities. In addition, the bill directs the Maine Center for Disease Control Prevention to study the incidence of Lyme disease in this State, how many cases of Lyme disease are contracted by employees during the course of their employment, and the effects of the disease on the State.

Who: Senator Bruce Bryant

What: PUBLIC HEARING: LD 1521, an Act To Provide Education Concerning and Insurance Coverage for Lyme Disease

When: Tuesday, April 10th @ 1:00 p.m.

Where: Insurance and Financial Services Committee

Listen Online: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/audio/insurance_cmte.html

More info on the bill is online at: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280024372



Bryant Brothers testify in support of ban on Alcohol Without Liquid devices

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 14:00:54 EDT

AUGUSTA-The Bryant Brothers passed the first hurdle Monday in their effort to ban the sale and use of vaporized alcohol, commonly called Alcohol Without Liquid, or AWOL. At the public hearing held today before the Legal and Veterans' Affairs' Committee at the State House, the siblings presented their proposal and listened to comments from public health and alcohol industry representatives supporting the bill. "No group or individual testified against this bill at the hearing," said Rep. Mark Bryant, D-Windham, the bill's sponsor. "I think that's a good indication to the members of the committee that this device is a serious threat to public health in Maine, particularly for our youth." Alcohol Without Liquid is alcohol processed into vapor through a machine resembling a nebulizer. Since alcohol is directly inhaled into the blood stream, marketers claim that it results in a more intense "buzz," and eliminates carbohydrates and the likelihood of hangovers. Substance abuse professionals are concerned about the addictive properties of vaporized alcohol, as well as it measuring accurately on a breathalyzer or blood test of blood alcohol content. "Some people are out to make a buck and don't care who they hurt in the process," said Sen. Bruce Bryant, D-Oxford County, the lead cosponsor of the bill in the Senate. "We must stop this before it becomes prevalent in Maine, and before we read in the newspapers about our kids dying from using vaporized alcohol." Despite only being available in the United States since August 2004, 12 other states and the U.S. Congress are considering legislation to ban the sale, use, or offering for use of AWOL devices. Since the machines are a device rather than an alcohol product, they do not currently fall within the jurisdiction of oversight by the federal Food and Drug Administration. The bill proposed by the Bryant Brothers would create a civil violation with a graduated fine schedule. Repeated offenses would result in a Class E crime that, at the discretion of the court, could have the consequence of loss of license for up to one year. This is consistent with Maine law on similar drug and alcohol offenses. Advocates of the AWOL ban praised the Bryants for putting forth the legislation, and urged swift passage of the bill. Groups testifying in support of LD 1155 included the Department of Public Safety, Office of Substance Abuse, Maine Association of Prevention Programs, Maine's Higher Education Consortium on Alcohol Consumption, U.S. Distilled Spirits Council, National Association of Beer Wholesalers, Maine Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, the Maine Beverage Company, and Diageo Distributors. Moved by the testimony, the Committee on Legal and Veterans' Affairs almost conducted the work session immediately following the hearing, but postponed the work session until the language could be reviewed by the committee's analyst to ensure that Internet sales would be governed under this bill. Internet sales are a major concern of the committee, since a single-user machine costs only $300. About the Bryant Brothers The Bryant Brothers are one of two sibling-legislator teams in the Maine State Legislature. Sen. Bruce Bryant is serving his second term in the Maine Senate, and previously served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives. He is the Chair of the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee. Rep. Mark Bryant is a first-term state representative, and serves on the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee as well as the Judiciary Committee. The Bryant Brothers grew up in Canton, Maine with eight siblings. Together, the Bryant Brothers have proposed legislation on topics ranging from substance abuse, veterans' affairs, insurance, and hunting[...]



Bryant Brothers Talk Turkey: Proposal to expand turkey permits signed into law

Wed, 25 May 2005 12:13:10 EDT

AUGUSTA-The Bryant Brothers, Sen. Bruce Bryant, D-Oxford County, and Rep. Mark Bryant, D-Windham, were on hand today as Governor John Baldacci signed into law their proposal to expand the issuance of turkey hunting permits for 2005. Turkey permits had already been issued to a limited number of applicants, but Sen. Bryant's emergency legislation allows all applicants to receive a permit this year.

"While responding to the agricultural communities concerns with the overpopulation of turkeys in many areas, we expand the opportunities for Maine sportsmen and women," said Sen. Bruce Bryant, the bill's sponsor. "Our farmers' crops will be better protected, while hunters' chances of getting a turkey are increased. This is another win-win situation for Maine people."

Hunting permits are conventionally awarded through a permit lottery, and had already been awarded for turkey season. However, the Bryant Brothers consulted with wildlife biologists at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and found an overpopulation of turkeys this year. As a result of their legislation, 3,650 people who did not get picked in the initial turkey draw will now have the opportunity to get their permit.

"This emergency legislation provides a responsible solution to this year's turkey overpopulation," said Rep. Mark Bryant, the lead cosponsor of the bill. "I think it's important that we keep examining options like this that can create revenue while managing conservation efforts."

The Bryant Brothers have been closely examining the permit application process within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Another bill, LD 612, An Act to Authorize the Transfer of Hunting Permits, is sponsored by Rep. Mark Bryant. The bill allows hunters who have been issued permits for particular seasons or zones to trade with another hunter prior to the beginning of hunting season. It has been engrossed by both the Senate and House of Representatives, and is expected be enacted after the Maine Legislature returns from its spring recess.

About the Bryant Brothers The Bryant Brothers are one of two sibling-legislator teams in the Maine State Legislature. Sen. Bruce Bryant is serving his second term in the Maine Senate, and previously served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives. He is the Chair of the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee. Rep. Mark Bryant is a first-term state representative, and serves on the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee as well as the Judiciary Committee. The Bryant Brothers grew up in Canton, Maine with eight siblings. Together, the Bryant Brothers have proposed legislation on topics ranging from substance abuse, veterans' affairs, insurance, and hunting and other outdoor recreation.