Yesterday, a majority of the Legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee voted to support an amended version of LD 730. The amendment, offered by Rep. Briggs on behalf of some bass fishermen, created a phase in and limited the restriction on jigs to bare lead headed jigs. While we are clearly disappointed that the bill as written didn’t win Committee support, we are very pleased that a overwhelming majority of the Committee supports expanding the current ban on the sale of lead sinkers one-half ounce or less to a ban on the sale and use of lead sinkers one ounce or less and a ban on the sale and use of bare lead headed jigs up to two and a half inches in length. A majority of the Committee voted to make the sinkers ban effective in two years and the jig ban effective in four years. Two of the Committee members voted to delay the bans to three and five years and two of the Committee members voted against the bill. Those voting in support of the amended bill yesterday were: Sen. Anne Haskell, Sen. David Dutremble, Rep. Mike Shaw, Rep. Sheryl Briggs, Rep. Ellie Espling, Rep. Karen Kusiak, Rep. Jeff Evangelos. Rep. Paul Davis and Rep. Stanley Short Jr. voted in support of the longer delay version and Rep. Steve Wood and Rep. Dale Crafts voted against the bill. Sen. David Burns and Rep. Tim Marks were not present. The amended bill will need to be reviewed by the Committee again as a formality and then will move onto the Senate and House for final approval.