In January, Labrador lover Staci Gile approached lawmakers with a proposal to make Labrador Retrievers Maine’s State Dog.
On Monday, the State and Local Government Committee voted 9-2 in favor of rejecting the bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. David Dutremble of Biddeford.
Bill supporters argued that Labrador Retriever is the perfect symbol for Maine because they are friendly, hard-working, and love the outdoors. Members of the committee expressed concern over the Legislature picking favorites.
Other dog breeds were also suggested as Maine’s State Dog.Democratic Rep. Catherine Nadeau of Winslow suggested the German Shepherd as state dog because they are often for law enforcement purposes.
Republican Rep. William Tuell of East Machias called the bill “a waste of time.”
The bill now heads to the full House and Senate.
Source: Portland Press Herald