October 4, 2017 11:20 AM-
-* Rep. Martin T. Causer
-* PA Fish & Boat/Game Commission Merger
-* I plan to introduce legislation to merge the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat * Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission into one independent * agency, based on the results of the Legislative Budget and Finance * Committee (LBFC) study on the issue.-
-* * * * The LBFC study examined the feasibility, impact, costs and savings of * combining the agencies and explored a range of options with regard to * how to structure a new agency to best manage the wildlife and aquatic * resources of the Commonwealth. Currently, Pennsylvania is the only * state in the nation with two separate, independent agencies with * management and oversight of fishing, boating and wildlife activities.-
-* * * * The study found that a merger of the commissions is feasible and would * save the Commonwealth at least $5 million annually, primarily through * elimination of redundant upper level positions and duplication of * services.
-* * * * Given the financial difficulties frequently expressed by both * agencies, and the reality that other states' wildlife agencies can * operate efficiently under one umbrella, I believe now is the time to * take a more serious look at combing the two commissions into one more * streamlined, efficient agency.
-* * * * Please join me in sponsoring this legislation.
House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda by Representative Martin T. Causer - PA House of Representatives