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June 2020 Legislative Update


CALIFORNIA SEEKS TO BAN LEGALLY HUNTED GAME IMPORTS

HSC was part of a nationwide effort to encourage all U.S. Governors to keep hunting seasons and access to land available in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. The letter also offered ideas for maintaining safe and appUnder the pretense of limiting the spread of wildlife-based diseases, the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water recently approved legislation that would prohibit hunters in California from importing and possessing legally hunted African wildlife. SB 1175, “Animals: Prohibitions on Importation and Possession of Wild Animals: Live Animal Markets.” The bill will now proceed to the Senate for further debate. A well thought out opposition statement was provided to the committee by Catherine E. Semcer, Research Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center and African Wildlife Economy Institute. Read her letter here.

SECRETARY BERNHARDT PROPOSES HISTORIC EXPANSION OF HUNTING & FISHING OPPORTUNITIES, AMERICA’S CONSERVATION ENHANCEMENT ACT AND GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOORS ACT

HSC joined other organizations in support of America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act and the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). The Great American Outdoor Act, S. 3422, will provide improved access by funding the backlog of federal maintenance for roads, trails, piers, campsites, parking lots, boat ramps, and other recreational infrastructure. The ACE Act, H.R. 925, which passed the Senate by unanimous consent, includes high-priority conservation provisions that will leverage public and private funding as well as lead to significant job creation. Read the letter here.

LETTER TO POTUS RE: PEBBLE MINE IN ALASKA

HSC in partnership with other organizations submitted a letter to President Trump to request the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) deny issuance of a Clean Water Act (CWA) 404 permit for the proposed Pebble mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The rivers downstream from the proposed Pebble mine and its infrastructure are some of the most treasured fishing and hunting resources in the world. Pebble’s impact would cause massive harm to fish, wetlands and water and recreation businesses. Read the letter here.

FIXING AMERICA’S SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ACT AND WILDLIFE MIGRATION CORRIDORS

HSC joined other peer organizations to provide comment on the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Commentary was provided to members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee encouraging the committee to include funding authorization for wildlife crossings and policy direction for state transportation plans to prioritize wildlife habitat connectivity. Read the 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.