KeepAmericaFishing.org has reported that Rep. Paul Davis of Maine has introduced a bill to ban the use of "rubber" baits for fishing in his good state. Being that soft baits haven't been made out of rubber for some time, it stands to reason he doesn't have much scientific evidence to support his bill.
The bill that was introduced reads as follows:
1 the State of Maine as follows:
2 Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §12654, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 414, Pt. A, §2 and
3 affected by c. 614, §9, is amended to read:
4 1. Prohibition. A person may not angle or fish other than by the use of the single
5 baited hook and line, artificial flies, artificial lures, except for artificial lures made of
6 rubber, and spinners, except that a person may take smelts in accordance with rules
7 adopted with regard to the taking of smelts.
9 This bill prohibits the use of artificial lures made of rubber when angling or fishing.