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September 2019 Legislative Update

SUPPORT PROP 5! VOTE YES FOR THE NOVEMBER 2019 TEXAS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT In November, a Texas constitutional amendment will appear on the ballot. A simple majority vote will appropriate the revenues from sales tax on sporting goods equipment to fund state parks and historical sites. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham and Rep. John Cyrier of Bastrop, with the approval of Governor Abbott, led the Texas Legislature to pass bills calling for the constitutional vote. Between 1993 and 2017, the state’s sporting goods sales tax has generated between $60 million and $165 million annually for a total of $2.5 billion. During that time, only 40% percent of the funding found its way into the budgets of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or the Texas Historical Commission as intended. Many citizens incorrectly assume the taxes they pay on sporting goods were fully allocated to support parks, not realizing that significant portions

August 2019 Legislative Update

NOVEMBER 2019 TEXAS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT In November, a Texas constitutional amendment will appear on the ballot. A simple majority vote will appropriate the revenues from sales tax on sporting goods equipment to fund state parks and historical sites. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham and Rep. John Cyrier of Bastrop, with the approval of Governor Abbott, led the Texas Legislature to pass bills calling for the constitutional vote. Between 1993 and 2017, the state’s sporting goods sales tax has generated between $60 million and $165 million annually for a total of $2.5 billion. During that time, only 40% percent of the funding found its way into the budgets of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or the Texas Historical Commission as intended. Many citizens incorrectly assume the taxes they pay on sporting goods were fully allocated to support parks, not realizing that significant portions of the Sporting Goods Sales Tax are

Texas Constitutional Amendment on November 2019 Ballot

In November, a Texas constitutional amendment will appear on the ballot. A simple majority vote will appropriate the revenues from sales tax on sporting goods equipment to fund state parks and historical sites. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham and Rep. John Cyrier of Bastrop, with the approval of Governor Abbott, led the Texas Legislature to pass bills calling for the constitutional vote. Between 1993 and 2017, the state’s sporting goods sales tax has generated between $60 million and $165 million annually for a total of $2.5 billion. During that time, only 40% percent of the funding found its way into the budgets of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department or the Texas Historical Commission as intended. Many citizens incorrectly assumed the taxes they pay on sporting goods were fully allocated to support parks, not realizing that significant portions of the Sporting Goods Sales Tax are diverted to other purposes. TPWD

HSC Legislative Alert!

HSC is excited to announce the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act has been introduced today in the U.S. House by Representatives Dingell (D-MI-12) and Fortenberry (R-NE-01). This bipartisan 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.  HSC is a member of the Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife and is in support of this piece of critical legislation.  TAKE ACTION NOW! Join us in support of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act so that future generations may enjoy

Houston Safari Club Lauds Remarks by President Trump on America’s Environmental Leadership

Houston, TX –Houston Safari Club (HSC) was proud to be present on July 8th, 2019, as President Trump provided updates on the administration’s policies to advance environmental protection while promoting economic growth. President Trump stressed the United States’ successful initiatives in economic growth and energy production with simultaneous advancements in conservation, recreational access of public lands, and the restoration and protection of U.S. land, air, and waters. Conducted in the east wing of the White House, HSC, represented by Executive Director Joe Betar, attended the conference alongside other leaders in conservation, Cabinet Members and Agency Secretaries. In attendance and providing remarks was U.S. Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, and U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry. A transcript of President Trump’s remarks may be found here. The President’s

July 2019 Legislative Update

OPPOSE THE BUCHANAN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3055 HSC opposes Rep. Vern Buchanan’s (R-FL) proposed Amendment to H.R. 3055. HR 3055 contains the CJS, Agriculture, and Interior appropriations bills. Rep. Buchanan’s amendment would ban funds to issue permits for the import of sport-hunted elephants or lions from Tanzania, Zimbabwe or Zambia. The amendment was approved by the House the week of June 17th.  HSC encourages you to express any opposition to this Amendment to your Congressman and/or Senator. To contact your Representative: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative; To contact your Senator: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm. CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE HSC joined 37 other hunting, fishing, wildlife conservation, and outdoor-recreation-based organizations urging Congress to help address Chronic Wasting Disease. Specifically, HSC requests that Congress advance the following bills out of Committee: 1. H.R. 837 the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act, sponsored by Representatives Ralph Abraham (LA) and Marc Veasey (TX). H.R. 837 would help address the issue
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