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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Thursday, March 20, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Busy Week for Game and Fish Issues

There was a lot of activity at the Capitol this week related to issues of interest to Pennsylvania hunters and anglers.

On Wednesday, March 19, the committee held a public hearing about deer management, including six bills that have been introduced to address deer hunting policies. The committee heard from Calvin DuBrock, director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management; Randy Santucci of Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania; and Melody Schell of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. For an overview of the hearing, as well as links to video of the full hearing and copies of testimony offered, click here.

Also on Wednesday, the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee released the results of its study on the possibility of merging the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The study found that a merger of the commissions is feasible and would save the Commonwealth about $5 million annually, though I think the potential for savings is even greater. To read my comments about the report, click here
Finally, the House and Senate put the finishing touches on two bills that aim to boost accountability in the two commissions by changing the terms of service for commission members. House Bill 798 and Senate Bill 895 reduce the length of the terms from eight years to four years. Commissioners could serve as many as three four-year terms if the governor would choose to reappoint them and the Senate would confirm them. Once signed by the governor, the laws take effect in 60 days.

Spring Newsletter Hot Off the Press!

Stop by my website and check out the latest edition of my newsletter. You’ll find articles about legislative efforts to bring community college programs to our area and an update on our ongoing fight against government overregulation. There’s also news of interest to sportsmen and veterans. To read the newsletter, click here.
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Senate Advances Community College Bill

Legislation designed to bring community college programs and services to the rural areas of northcentral and northwestern Pennsylvania was approved by the state Senate this week. Senate Bill 1000, sponsored by Sen. Joe Scarnati, is similar to my House Bill 1701, which seeks to create a rural community college pilot program to serve an 11-county area not covered by any of the state’s existing community colleges. For more information about the Senate vote, visit Sen. Scarnati’s websiteFor information about a recent hearing on my bill, click here.


Anonymous said...

When are going to get accountability in the Capitol MARTY? How about introducing legislation that limits the terms of Senators and Representatives! That way you all can make decisions that are in the best interest of everyone, instead of worrying about getting re-elected. Our forefathers didn't want career politicians, and for good reason!

Anonymous said...

100 percent agree! If you watch any of the coverage on either C-Spans, they all stand up and sound good but have no desire to stay on the topic on hand or make a decision....stay middle of the road, don't upset the apple cart or I may not get re-elected.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Marty your may think you are in a safe district. Keep pandering and lets see how long it stays safe. Time to work on real issues!

Anonymous said...

I think Marty did a fantastic job with the deer hearings and hope that he follows through in supporting the sportsmen of Pennsylvania by addressing the corruption at pgc as it pertains to the recent "payoffs" double dipping and of course the crazy environmentally extreme deer management program.

Anonymous said...

I see some of the pfsc members that had their feelings hurt are trying to sway the legislator from making the right decisions as he has been. Too funny.


Anonymous said...

I think Big Marty has some good ideas. He makes some good points. We all know Harrisburg is corrupt just see what our Attorney general just did done in Philly. Big Marty gets it soemetime. I still would not turn my back on him, he is a politician after all.