The House Game and Fisheries
Committee will take up legislation next week amending the Pennsylvania
Constitution to protect the people’s right to hunt, fish and harvest
game. I thought this was a perfect way to kick off the new legislative
session and my first term as chairman of the committee.
Hunting, fishing and harvesting game
are an important part of our state’s and our nation’s heritage.
Thirteen other states have this right spelled out in their
constitutions, while Florida has enacted it in statute. Because it
proposes to amend the state constitution, House Bill 410 would have to
be passed by both the House and Senate in two consecutive sessions of
the General Assembly, and then would have to be approved by a majority
of voters in a ballot referendum.
The committee is scheduled to meet
to discuss this bill on Monday, Feb. 11, after the House session
recesses for the day, most likely after 4:00 p.m. In addition to
streaming the meeting live on my website, it also will be archived for viewing on my website in the future.
Also on Monday’s agenda:
House Bill 126 aims to increase the availability of certified hunter education courses in public schools.
House Bill 353 would
reduce the safety zone distance for trapping to better enable trappers
to keep the state’s furbearer populations in check.
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