SH bill recives more criticism
By Bob Frye, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, October 3, 2011
A former Pennsylvania Game Commissioner has brought some new information to the debate about whether to legalize Sunday hunting.
Russ Schleiden of Centre County said he's unhappy that House Bill 1760 says the commission "shall institute Sunday hunting" and "shall promulgate appropriate regulations" within one year of the bill's passage.
"That's mandating them to do it. The only thing left to do is decide if it's going to be for deer or small game or some other species or whatever," Schleiden said. "If they don't change that word 'shall,' they really are superseding the commission."
John Kline, representing the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance — one of the groups that are part of the state's Sunday hunting coalition — said the wording could be changed. But, either way, he expressed confidence that the bill will pass, in a tough fight, because of fairness and the question of whether the state can prohibit people from using their own land on Sundays.
"It's a private property issue, is what this is going to come down to," Kline said