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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A public hearing is being held this week on a proposed law that would outlaw small lead sinkers and jigs.

Democratic Sen. Anne Haskell of Portland is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit the sale or use of lead sinkers or jigs weighing 1 ounce or less or measuring 2 ½ inches or less in length.

Haskell says the change will reduce loon mortality in the state. Maine Audubon says nearly one-third of dead loons collected since 1987 died from ingesting lead sinker and lead-headed jigs.

A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Augusta.

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