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June 26, 2013


Your Trusted Source for Federal and State Policy Updates and News Concerning Our Sportsmen's Heritage

In a step to enhance recreational fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Jim Watson signed a new Interim Policy Document (IPD) regarding the conversion of decommissioned oil and gas platforms into artificial reefs, also known as "Rigs to Reef" policy. This policy replaces...

Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act

On Monday, June 3, Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) member Representative Duncan Hunter and CSC Vice-Chair Tim Walz sent out a Dear Colleague letter seeking original cosponsors for the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. On Thursday, June 20, CSC Senate Vice-Chair...

House Fails to Pass 2013 Farm Bill

On Thursday, June 20, the U.S. House of Representatives defeated their version of the five-year farm bill in a 195-234 vote. The vote fell far short of the 218 required for passage.
 A House-passed Farm Bill is necessary in order to get a bill into conference with the Senate-passed 2013 Farm Bill, which included sportsmen's organizations top conservation priorities...

Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act Passes Out of House Committee on Natural Resources

On Wednesday, June 12, the House Committee on Natural Resources voted 28-15 in favor of the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act (H.R. 1825). Introduced by Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) member Representative Dan Benishek, this legislation... 



Governors Sportsmen's Caucus expands to 24 members


The bipartisan Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) has recently added two new members, bringing the total to 24 governors. Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama have officially joined the GSC, affirming their commitment to...


On Thursday, June 6, the New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus, partnered with the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance - the Advisory Council that provides guidance and support for the Caucus - held a policy briefing to educate legislators, their staff, and members of the sportsmen's conservation community on the issue of...

NASC Executive Council Midyear Meeting   

On Tuesday, June 11, the Executive Council (EC) of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) held their Midyear Meeting at Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon to discuss legislative priorities, recent successes, and ways to... 

Pennsylvania Caucus Hosts Annual Cigar Reception 

On Tuesday, June 18, the Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus hosted their Annual Cigar Reception at the Susquehanna Ale House in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Approximately 130 people attended the event, including 70 members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley....


On Friday, June 14, Governors Sportsmen's Caucus member Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law the Sportsmen's Act of 2013 - sponsored by Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus Member Representative David Deen... 

Oregon Anti-Trapping Measure Closer to Ballot

On Friday, June 21, Oregon animal rights activists received notification that they are now one step closer to their goal of placing a radical anti-trapping measure on the 2014 ballot. With the Secretary of State's approval of the group's signature gathering forms... 

Alaska Knife Legislation Signed into Law 

On Thursday, June 20, Alaska Governor and Governor's Sportsmen's Caucus member Sean Parnell signed legislation to reform their state's knife statutes. Introduced by Alaska Legislative Outdoor Heritage Caucus member...

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