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July 2020 Legislative Update


GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT

Houston Safari Club Foundation fully supports the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. The U.S. Senate has passed the landmark conservation legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Steve Daines (R-MT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and 51 other Senate members. The Great American Outdoors Act fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million every year and addresses the approximately $20 billion maintenance backlog on federal public lands. This critical legislation will help rebuild our national park infrastructure and address the more than $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects throughout the U.S. park system while supporting more than 100,000 jobs over the next five years. Companion legislation (H.R.7092) was introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Cunningham (D-SC). The President has signaled his support of the bill. Contact your U.S. Representative here to voice your support for the Great American Outdoors Act.

RECOVERING AMERICA’S WILDLIFE ACT

HSC continues its efforts and support of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA), H.R. 3742. IN June, HSCF signed on to a letter, addressed to U.S. House and Senate leadership to voice its support for the passage of RAWA. Read the full letter here.

OPPOSITION TO MAINE BEAR HUNTING CHANGES

HSC in partnership with other organizations submitted a letter to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in opposition to the proposed amendments to Chapter 16.09 – Bear Hunting of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) Rules. This proposal unduly hinders Maine’s sportsmen and women from using bait while bear hunting, while ultimately seeking a sunset on the practice by 2029. This proposal would also eliminate baiting as a management tool for the Department in relying on hunting to control the bear population and reduce human-wildlife conflicts, will negatively impact rural economies, and will diminish the contributions of sportsmen and women to the American System of Conservation Funding (ASCF). Read the full letter here.


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. 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.