Gov. Paul LePage has nominated a former state lawmaker criticized for voting against a Land for Maine’s Future funding bill to serve on the land conservation program’s board.
In a move described as “provocative” by one environmental representative, LePage has nominated former Republican Rep. Michael Timmons of Cumberland to serve on the board. Timmons lost his re-election bid in November after angering environmental groups – and some constituents – by voting in 2015 to sustain LePage’s veto of a bill that would have required the governor to sell voter-approved bonds for Land for Maine’s Future. Timmons’ district and hometown of Cumberland were banking on money from those bonds to complete a conservation deal to protect 215 acres around Knight’s Pond.