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Posted: February 19, 2013 04:00 PM

From: Representative Martin Causer

To: All House members

Subject: Legislative Budget Finance Committee Study on Merging PFBC and PGC

<span style="font-weight: bold">In the near future</span>, I plan to introduce a resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the financial feasibility and cost savings potential of combining the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission into one agency.

Currently, our wildlife and aquatic resource agencies are of course completely separate, independent agencies. We are the only state in the nation to have a system of this type. The resolution will direct the LBFC to examine the financial feasibility, impact, costs and savings, due to elimination of duplications of personnel and services, of combining the agencies. Additionally, it will direct the LBFC to explore a range of options with regard to how to structure our wildlife agencies to best manage the wildlife and aquatic resources of the Commonwealth.

I believe given the concerns over financial difficulties the agencies have continually expressed to the legislature over the years, as well as the reality that other states’ wildlife agencies can operate efficiently under one umbrella, that now is the time to take a more serious look at the possibility of combining the agencies into one more streamlined, efficient agency.

Thank you for your consideration of this proposal.;cosponId=11778
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