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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

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

May 2020 Legislative Update

U.S. GOVERNORS ENCOURAGED TO KEEP HUNTING OPEN IN FACE OF CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC 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 appropriate access to nature during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full letter here.  SECRETARY BERNHARDT PROPOSES HISTORIC EXPANSION OF HUNTING & FISHING OPPORTUNITIES U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced a historic proposal for new and expanded hunting and fishing opportunities across more than 2.3 million acres at 97 national wildlife refuges and 9 national fish hatcheries. This proposed rule is the single largest expansion of hunting and fishing opportunities by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in history. HSC participated in a call to announce the plan launch with the Secretary. Read the full story here. COURTS

HSC Operational Update: Covid-19

We are indeed experiencing challenging and unprecedented times. Houston Safari Club is with you. This message is being sent with the hope that you, your family and friends are all healthy. With the announcement this week by President Trump to extend social distancing guidelines through the end of April, we know a lot of you are shrugging your shoulders and asking, “When will life return to normal?” The next 30 days will be pivotal in managing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Luckily, as hunters, many of you are stocked with wild game from the “grocery store shelves of the wild”. In addition, as hunters, you are already well versed in existing under adverse conditions and “social distancing”, having spent time on the water and afield for many years. Hunters know how to implement the “adapt, improvise, overcome” approach in their daily lives. HSC continues to function under these challenging conditions.

April 2020 Legislative Update

AWCP Letter on Great American Outdoors Act READ HERE Tonto NF Draft Forest Plan READ 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

March 2020 Legislative Update

H.R. 3742: RECOVERING AMERICA’S WILDLIFE ACT This critical bipartisan legislation now has 250 sponsors and is being presented to House leadership. This legislation establishes a 21st Century funding model for the proactive conservation of fish and wildlife. This legislation redirects $1.3 billion annually in existing revenues to state fish and wildlife agencies to implement their science-driven wildlife action plans, and an additional $97.5 million to tribal wildlife managers to conserve species on tribal lands and waters. This funding will ensure those with a proven track record of success in species conservation and recovery can proactively conserve at-risk fish and wildlife in a voluntary, non-regulatory manner. H.R. 925, AMERICA’S CONSERVATION ENHANCEMENT ACT HSC joined many other hunting and conservation organizations in submitting a letter to the U.S House of Representatives encouraging their support of America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, and to urge its approval by the House of Representatives as reported by
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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.