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Pennsylvania Game Commission Accountability and Wildlife/Habitat Enhancement

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs...cosponId=29909


On May 30, 2019, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a scathing report on the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) following a three-year review of their finances. The Auditor General noted that the PGC has amassed more than $72 million in reserve funds despite reducing staffing and creating additional fees with the argument that they were losing money. Furthermore, the Auditor General noted that the PGC was not fully aware of escrow accounts in its possession and not effectively overseeing revenue brought in from its multi-million dollar natural gas leases.

The Auditor General issued 43 recommendations to the PGC, the most for any state agency/commission during his tenure in office. With this in mind, it has become abundantly clear that the PGC needs additional oversight to ensure that it is meeting its mission for Pennsylvania’s sportsmen and the Commonwealth at large.

My bill will create a team of independent scientists, disease-control specialists, wildlife biologists, and foresters who will implement the provisions of the bill, provide a scientific advisory service to the Legislature, and guarantee Commission accountability to our state’s citizens. This accountability will ensure that Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources are being wisely managed as directed by Title 34 state law and the Pennsylvania Constitution.

My bill also offers innovative opportunities to control chronic wasting disease (CWD). Because of the rapid, uncontrolled progression of CWD throughout the state, additional oversight is needed to ensure that the PGC is utilizing sound scientific principles to protect our vulnerable wildlife and public health as a whole.

My legislation has no cost to the General Fund or taxpayers. Full implementation is expected to bring back hunters and create healthy wildlife and habitat, sustain revenue within the PGC without hurting sportsmen, and spur new economic activity throughout rural Pennsylvania.

Please join me to cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.
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Baloney Maloney, much to do about nothing. What a clown. Scathing report, really! He must be getting ready to make a Senate run.

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Yet another attempt by Maloney and others, to circumvent what is already in place: PGC being the lawfully-mandated entity to manage wildlife in PA

If not mistaken, this is now his third attempt at having a panel of political appointees take charge of wildlife management? IIRC, the other two attempts never gained any traction in The House and I hope this one fails, as well?

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Democrats wanting to control every aspect of everything.
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Maloney has been a thorn in all real sportsmens and the PGC's side for a long time now. He is a disgrace to all those who truly care about wildlife and their management. NO money was hidden by the PGC, its listed every year in their annual report and in the Game News. If people would look at their Game Fund and compare it with their yearly expenditure they would see why the PGC still NEEDS a license increase.

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Politicians like him bank on the fact that many voters if not most are totally ignorant about what is going on around them, that s how they get elected. They lie and the dumbazz voters believe them.
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I suspect we now know just who the Auditor General was working for during his audit and pandering to in his report.

This smells of the Allegheny Sportsmen League and Unified Sportsmen and it flat out stinks. Maloney has been in bed with that bunch since the beginning and I suspect DePasquale is as well.

But then I suspect that from the very beginning when they were the only sportsmen in the state invited, if sportsmen is what you could even call them, when he announced he was doing the audit.

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I would not bet against your suspicion.

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More than a mere suspicion. The only people invited to DePasquale's press conference when he announced the PGC audit, were Maloney and some of USP's guiding lights.

These were the very people that had been pushing for such an audit. So being there, was obviously an attempt at securing the credit for getting the audit launched.

Some time later, PFSC set up a meeting in Lewisburg with reps from other sportsmen's groups and DePasquale. USP has been claiming since then, that this meeting was intended to "de-rail" the audit, because they weren't invited. It's on their site, go look it up.

Maloney was again at DePasquale's side, when the audit results were released.

I joked at the time of the announcement, that DePasquale must be planning to run for higher office, as the preceding months had seen him holding one presser after another, when he announced once agency audit after another. His latest is PennDOT, who he now claims didn't spend money where it was supposed to go.

According to Dem sources in recent news stories, he is planning to run against incumbent US Congressman Scott Perry.

Thanks to recent decisions from a Dem-majority PA Supreme Court in redrawing Congressional districts PA, Perry just faced a stiff challenge from another Dem in the 2018 election. Looks like Eugene has decided to give it a whirl, next time around and has done a spiffy job of getting his face/name out there ahead of the game?

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Hmm....a little interesting if you ask me. https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/0...heres-why.html
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