Maine legislators are considering a proposal to ban aerial spraying of some herbicides in forestry.

Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson, of Allagash, has put in legislation, which was subject to a public hearing on Tuesday. Jackson said “aerial herbicides in the Maine woods benefits the bottom line of large landowners at the expense and well-being of the people living and working in the region.”

Jackson’s proposal focuses in part on glyphosate, a widely-used herbicide that is available commercially under the trade name Roundup. It would also apply to other synthetic herbicides.

The proposal would need to be approved by the full Maine Legislature to become law.

Megan Diver

Megan has worked in Maine politics for more than ten years and all of her professional career, having served in many roles for elected officials (including former Secretary of State Charlie Summers), in-house with the Maine Association of REALTORS®, legislative specialist at Pierce Atwood LLP providing lobbying services and support to Pierce Atwood’s government relations clients and most recently senior government relations specialist at the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. Megan currently is the Vice President at the Maine Energy Marketers Association, utilizing her vast knowledge and legislative experience at the State House to represent MEMA on policies relating to the Association and its members.