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House Game and Fisheries

9:00 a.m., Room 205, Ryan Office Building

To consider: HB 798 Heffley, Doyle Amends Title 30 re PFBC commissioner terms HB 828 Causer, Martin Amends Title 34 re PGC commissioner terms HB 891 Peifer, Michael Amends Title 34 re remote electronic trap SB 623 Corman, Jake Amends Title 34 re license requirements



The house I meeting tomorrow to consider these four bills.


HB 798 Amends Title 30 re <span style="font-weight: bold">PFBC commissioner terms</span>

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/bill...e=B&BN=0798

HB 828 Amends Title 34 re <span style="font-weight: bold">PGC commissioner terms </span>

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/bill...e=B&BN=0828


// Both term limit bills basically reset the BOC commissioner term to four years with a second term to be voted on by the senate. ///



HB 891 Amends Title 34 re <span style="font-weight: bold">remote electronic trap </span>

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/bill...e=B&BN=0891

This bill is short - to the exact language:

Nothing contained in this subchapter shall prevent:
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(5) The checking of traps remotely by electronic means
<span style="font-weight: bold">by a properly permitted nuisance wildlife control operator.</span>Section 2.


SB 623 Amends Title 34 re <span style="font-weight: bold">license requirements</span>

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/bill...e=B&BN=0623


This is the adult mentored hunting bill. There is a provision for transfer of one antlerless deer license in the bill.

The larger point, this would set law allowing the GC BOC to set regulation for the program. The BOC is not mandated to allow the transfer of the deer tag transfer if it decides not to. There is also no reason as this bill is written not to allow the transfer.

As stated in the discussion here on HPA on this: even the act of deer hunting can be allowed or not allowed by the BOC.

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HB 798 and HB 828 are dangerous and set up legislative control and political manipulation of wildlife management in Pennsylvania.

Remember, we are only ever one election away from having a legislature in place that does not support hunting and fishing. Setting the appointment system up in a manner that political influence can dictate policy will be implemented if these bills pass.


I will urge all to send an email or call their local rep's on this one. For sure, please use the email addresses to make your views known on HB 798 and HB 828.

Looking into the future, this is even more problematic if a merger of the GC and PFBC happens.
 

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If they can't control the BOC one way, they will do it another way!
 

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You should have read my letter.....
 

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All bills passed the committee vote. The term limits bills were amended to grandfather in the current commissioners to fill their terms under the current law.
 

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This was the G&F Committee vote. It has two more votes in the house before going to the senate.

Make your views known on these bills.

Keep in mind, passage of these laws makes all wildlife management a political patronage system instead of a activity based on science and good stewardship of out wildlife and fish.
 

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Maybe instead of term limits for BOC, Causer should have introduced a bill to limit terms for all legislators?
 

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I made the comparison to that in my letter and a new commissioner and a freshman legislator learnig curves before they were up to speed. In many ways, it is similar.
 

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