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2019 HSC Legislative Agenda


Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to legislative and policy initiatives that may affect the future of hunting. HSC supports initiatives that protect the tradition of hunting and hunters’ rights. We take an active role in efforts to effect policy, protocols and legislation. Our mission is to protect the rights of hunters and the hunting heritage through advocacy, policy and legislation.

CONSERVATION FUNDING
Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act (H.R. 877) introduced by Congressman Austin Scott (GA), Representatives Marc Veasey (TX), Debbie Dingell (MI), and Richard Hudson (NC), for the future of wildlife conservation funding. This legislation provides more flexibility to state agencies to use Pittman-Robertson dollars for recruitment and retention of hunters and recreational shooters, to help ensure state-based conservation funding, promotion and marketing of hunter education programs, and education to the non-hunting public about the role of hunters and recreational shooters in wildlife conservation. Through the American System of Conservation Funding, sportsmen and women contribute nearly $800 million annually from hunting and recreational shooting-related excise taxes to the Pittman-Robertson Fund. These funds are apportioned back to state fish and wildlife agencies for conservation programs.

ACCESS
HSC supports the recent Senate approval of the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), introduced by Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee Chair, Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Senator Maria Cantwell (WA), This is a bipartisan and bicameral public lands package which includes provisions that will help improve access for sportsmen and women and provide resources for habitat conservation programs. Provisions include: authorizing the transportation of archery equipment through National Park Service (NPS) Units; directing Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) lands to be open for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting unless specifically closed; directing the NPS, BLM, USFS, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to annually identify lands where sporting related activities are permitted, but where access is currently unavailable or restricted; and permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund with 3% or $15 million of annual appropriations made available for the purpose of securing additional access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and other outdoor related activities.HSC supports recent action by Acting Secretary David Bernhardt, U. S. Department of the Interior, for utilizing previously appropriated funds, to open access to 38 FWS refuges, to allow the appropriate staffing needs to support the implementation of Secretarial Order 3356 on Hunting, Fishing, Recreational Shooting, and Wildlife Conservation Opportunities and Coordination with States, Tribes, and Territories and to provide the protection, management and security of public resources.

WILDLIFE
HSC supports legislation to help stop the spread of disease in wildlife populations including the bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) authorizing a special resource study to determine how chronic wasting disease (CWD) spreads and could be prevented in deer and elk and H.R. 837, introduced by Congressman Ralph Abraham (LA), which would authorize necessary research for states to better manage and limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in cervid populations

Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Payments to HSC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSC EIN: 76-0082197. HSC is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.


Houston Safari Club (HSC) is a non-profit organization, exempt from federal income tax, under section 501(c)(4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Payments to HSC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Please contact your tax advisor concerning deductibility of any payments as business deductions. HSC EIN: 76-0082197. HSC is an independent organization, is not affiliated with Safari Club International (SCI) or its affiliates and is not a chapter or affiliate of any other organization.