April 21 , 2016

 

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ON CAPITOL HILL

After five years and multiple attempts to pass a comprehensive sportsmen's package of legislation through the U.S. Senate, a bipartisan amendment containing many provisions of great importance to the hunting and fishing conservation community was adopted with a vote of 97-0 under the Natural Resources Title of the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012)...

On April 18, recreational fishing and boating organizations praised the introduction of a bill, S.2807, which will ensure state fisheries management agencies have a say if the National Park Service considers fishing closures in state and territorial waters. Led by Sens. Bill Cassidy (LA), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, and Marco Rubio (FL), the "Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act" requires the National Park Service seek approval from state fish and wildlife agencies before closing state marine or Great Lakes waters to recreational or commercial fishing...

Representatives from the conservation community joined Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Members on Capitol Hill for a briefing on April 20 to discuss recommendations released by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources...

IN THE STATES

California: Legislators Weigh-In On Fish and Game Commission Vacancies
On April 18, 11 members from the California Congressional Delegation, including seven bipartisan members of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, formally asked California Governor Jerry Brown to consider appointing members of the state's outdoor sporting community to the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission). Leaders of the California State Legislature's Outdoor Sporting Caucus also submitted a similar request in March...  

On April 12, the bipartisan and bicameral Delaware Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, chaired by Senators Bruce Ennis and Brian Pettyjohn, and Representatives Jeff Spiegelman and William Carson, hosted their third meeting of the 2016 legislative session to discuss several issues of concern to sportsmen and women in the First State, including game meat donation liability insurance, Sunday hunting, and firearm suppressors...

Illinois: CSF and State Sportsmen's Caucus Gather with Hunters and Anglers of the Midwest On April 13, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) and the Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus hosted the annual regional event in Springfield, Illinois. The event provided an opportunity for state lawmakers and members of the sportsmen's community to discuss sportsmen's policy priorities in the Midwest...  

CSF NEWS

Recent polling by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) demonstrates that habitat management on federal public lands (FPLs) is an important issue for sportsmen and women, particularly for those who hunt on FPLs.  

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation is seeking a Midwestern States Coordinator to co-manage the state sportsmen's caucus effort organized under the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC) and the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) programs for the Great Lakes states (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) within CSF's Midwestern Region...

CSF States Program Team recently developed several new issue briefs covering important policy issues facing the sportsmen's community. In your opinion, which of these topics is the most important today? (Click here for CSF's 2016 Issue Briefs
    

        

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For more information on the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation go to www.SportsmensLink.org or contact Sara Leonard at 202.543.6850 x 11 or email sara@sportsmenslink.org.

 

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