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Friday, February 8, 2013

Sportsman Update: Protecting the Right to Hunt and Fish

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Sportsman Update:
Protecting the Right
to Hunt and Fish
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.

Keep up with Game and Fish Committee news on my website or on Facebook. You may also sign up for sportsman updates at www.repcauser.com/huntingfishing.aspx

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I am not sure we need to change the distance for taking fur bearers to within 150 feet from private residences...The new legislation does not define the type of traps being used....A "instant kill" style trap would kill small dogs and cats without any control of the trapper or landowner....I am not sure this protection through new legislation has been properly thought out and will serve the best interest of the public....i.e. a small child playing along a stream in their year could be exposed to serious injury as well...