The bill would mandate legislative approval for the types of sales that would be needed to establish a so-called Northwoods national park.
The Maine Senate has rejected a measure that would have required the Maine Legislature to approve sales of privately-owned land to the federal government, for any sales of 40 acres or more.
Introduced on behalf of Republican Gov. Paul LePage, the bill specifically mentions federal procurement for such things as lighthouses and government buildings, but it would also mandate legislative approval for the types of sales that would be needed to establish a so-called Northwoods national park.
Debate on the measure was lively, something noted by Democratic Sen. Christopher Johnson, of Somerville, who spoke against the restrictions.
“Ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, from the conversations we’ve had here today, you’d think that maybe what we had before us was a bill about seceding from the United States,” Johnson said, “a certain degree of distrust for all intent of the federal government and the ability to do things. Well, they’re a part of our government, they’re part of our nation, they’re part of what makes us what we are.”
The measure now moves to the House.