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Monday, February 11, 2013

Committee Passes On Bill To Make Hunting & Fishing In PA A Constitutional Right

Committee Approves Measure Protecting the Right to Hunt and Fish in Pennsylvania, Causer Says

HARRISBURG – In his first meeting as chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) led committee members in the unanimous approval of a bill designed to protect the right of Pennsylvanians to hunt and fish.

House Bill 410, authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), proposes an amendment to Section 1 of the state constitution stating that the right to hunt, fish and harvest game shall forever be preserved. 

“Sporting activities are an important part of our heritage here in the Commonwealth and across the country,” Causer said. “We want to ensure that heritage – and our rights – are preserved for generations to come.”

Any legislation that seeks to amend the constitution must be passed by the House and Senate in two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly, and it must then be approved by Commonwealth voters. 

In addition to the constitutional amendment, the committee also approved the following bills:

  • House Bill 353, sponsored by Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana), reduces the safety zone distance for trapping within any waterway, watercourse, marsh, pond, or dam from 150 yards to 50 yards for properly licensed furtakers and maintains the 150-yard safety zone for trapping near a school, day care, or playground. The measure will better allow trappers to keep the state’s furbearer population in check.
  • House Bill 126, sponsored by Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks), increases the availability of certified hunter education courses in public schools.

Next week, committee members will meet to formally accept the annual reports of the Fish and Boat Commission and the Game Commission. The meetings will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m., and on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 9:15 a.m. Both sessions will be streamed live at


Anonymous said...

This has to be a "nothing" bill, they are trying to make Obama's gun proposal a threat to hunting which is hog wash.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Marty! I am sure you don't hear it enough but GREAT job!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Maybe we should start by respecting and protecting what is in the constitution already.
Section 27. Natural Resources and the Public Estate
The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

Anonymous said...

The only conserving our politicians believe in is preserving their place in office. This blog is slowing becoming polluted by one political announcement after another, accompanied by the expected photo op. I enjoy Solomons, but enough already. One can take only so many antacids daily.