Economic Impact -Sunday Hunting to be re-examined.
Legislative Budget and Finance Committee
8/12/11, 1:15 p.m., 400 Finance Building
By Kimberly Hess, PLS
The committee held a conference call with two officers to discuss upcoming projects.
Chairman John Pippy (R-Allegheny) and Secretary Bob Godshall (R-Montgomery) were in attendance.
Executive Director Phil Durgin said the officers need to approve a motion for the committee to pursue
a contract relating to Sunday hunting and to approve three resolutions that passed the legislature this spring.
The first issue for the officers to address, Durgin explained, is the need to approve the committee to solicit
a contract relating to a study on the economic impact of allowing hunting on Sundays. It was noted this is
pursuant to a resolution offered by Rep. Ed. Staback (D-Lackawanna). Durgin said the committee contracted
a similar study in 2005 to Southwick Associates and he recommended the committee ask Southwick to do a
follow up, at a maximum cost of $5,000. He noted past issues with itemizing expenses and indicated this
will be addressed. Chairman Pippy made such a motion and the two officers agreed.
Rep. Godshall referred to data he has seen, which indicates as many as 5,300 jobs could be created due to the
authorization of Sunday hunting, and questioned the accuracy of such estimates. Sen. Pippy suggested Rep.
Godshall work with Durgin to ensure his concerns are addressed as the study moves forward.
The man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic. ~Roosevelt