FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Augusta – On Tuesday, January 31, the entire Elm Street Elementary School’s 6th grade class attended the public hearing of LD 35, otherwise known as the hedgehog bill, as guests of Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin).
The bill, which was originally inspired by Kendra, one of the students in attendance, would align Maine with most of the rest of the country in allowing the ownership of hedgehogs as pets.
One of the students said in testimony, “I think hedgehogs are really cute animals and when I am older, I would like to have one…I don’t think that it’s fair that people that want one can’t have one in Maine…”
“I was thrilled to have students from Elm Street Elementary School travel to Augusta to participate in the legislative process,” said Sen. Brakey. “The hedgehog bill, which was suggested to me by a student during a visit to the school, has provided a great learning experience for the students.”
A video from the hearing can be found on Senator Brakey’s Facebook page.