In case you haven't heard, Maine is trying to pass a bill that would ban the use of "rubber lures" throughout the state. At this time, however, what constitutes a "rubber lure" has not yet been defined. The fishing world assumes this refers to soft-plastic lures, and I can't imagine that it wouldn't. If you read this article from 2009 on Examiner.com, you'll learn that Maine is claiming discarded soft-plastic lures are potentially harming the environment because it can take "more than 200 years" for them to break down, and they have not-so-good effects on fish that ingest them. What worries me is not the ban of these lures in just one state, but the ideas the passing of this bill could put in the heads of the powers that be in other states.