Now, lets look at the folks that will rule on regulations if this happens:
Silvan B. Lutkewitte, III
Residence: Hershey, PA
Education: Villanova University (--)
Appointed: August 2009 by The Honorable Samuel H. Smith, House Republican Floor Leader
Biography: Silvan B. Lutkewitte is the President and CEO of Targepeutics, Inc. and resides in Hershey, PA.
George D. Bedwick
Title: Vice Chairman
Residence: Harrisburg, PA
Education: Kings College (BA), Dickinson School of Law (JD)
Appointed: January 2009 by the Honorable Keith R. McCall, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Biography: George D. Bedwick retired from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2007 serving in positions that included Legislative Director for the Majority Leader and Legislative Counsel to the Minority and Majority Whip. He is also a former board member of the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.
Residence: Peckville, PA
Education: Widener University, Political Science (BA)
Appointed: March 1996 by the Honorable Robert J. Mellow, Senate Democratic Leader, and reappointed in February 2000, February 2003, February 2006 and March 2009.
Biography: He is a partner in the Snyder Granite Company.
John Mizner, Esq.
Residence: Erie, PA
Education: St. Vincent College (BA), University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD)
Appointed: Appointed in 1995 by the Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, Governor, in June 2005 by the Honorable John M. Perzel, Speaker of the House, in February 2009 by the Honorable Joseph B. Scarnati III, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and reappointed in March 2011.
Biography: John Mizner is an Attorney in Erie, PA.
Lawrence J. Tabas, Esq.
Residence: Penn Valley, PA
Education: University of Pennsylvania (BA, MA), Georgetown University Law Center (JD)
Appointed: February 2011 by the Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor
Biography: Lawrence J. Tabas is a partner in the firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell and Hippel LLP and is Chairman of both the Firmís Health Care Practice Group and Election Law Practice Group. His health care practice includes the representation of physicians, health care providers and health care entities in the legal aspects of health care, compliance matters, and business transactions. He also has long term experience representing counties and their behavioral health programs, including the development of risk management models and contracting for such programs. His election law practice encompasses both federal and state legal issues and litigation affecting candidates, committees, and political party committees.
Without a disparaging word as to character or purpose: I do not want pure political cronies to decide what happens in the regulations surrounding hunting, trapping, boating, or fishing. One look at the connections and influence of those appointing these folks tells a harsh story.
In this age of wanting less government involvement in our life, it is odd that we have this proposal coming forward.
Even more surprising is this is coming from a Republican:
Now it might just be me, but doesn't this fly in the face of the party platform of less government, and they are the party that is all for it?
Plain and simple folks, sporetsmen can struggle through disagreements and internal battles. We can lose a lot quickly and maybe forever by adding a pure political element to the process with all the backdoor politics that come with it.
Use the link below to find your representative and senator. Let them know that you want nothing to do with this pending legislation. Even those with issues with the any of the wildlife agencies should be able to see that legislative or regulatory control of hunting,trapping, fishing, or boating is not a good thing. We only need to look at surrounding states and the nation to see example after example of what can happen. Rarely is it good for us or our beloved sports.