- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - An effort to make the Labrador retriever Maine’s official state dog has been dealt a blow by the Senate.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 24-10 in favor of killing the bill that was introduced by Democratic Sen. David Dutremble of Biddeford. The State and Local Government Committee voted 9-2 against the bill last month.

Supporters had said that dog would represent Maine well because it’s friendly, hard-working and loves the outdoors. But many lawmakers said the bill was unnecessary and argued that it was inappropriate for the Legislature to play favorites by choosing one breed over another.

The bill now heads to the House, where Democrats hold the majority.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide