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September 2020 Legislative Update


PEBBLE MINE: BRISTOL BAY ALASKA

The Trump Administration has placed a temporary hold on future plans to allow for the Pebble Mine. HSC, in partnership with other organizations, submitted a letter to President Trump to request the Army Corps of Engineers 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. Learn more.

SENATOR CORNYN (R-TX) INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19

Senator John Cornyn recently introduced critical legislation on putting an end to future pandemics. The “Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020” bill will enforce international cooperation and protect wildlife while making sure our current situation does not reoccur. The bill would help raise awareness of wildlife markets, specifically the capture and trade of wildlife for human consumption, including unsafe markets that trade and slaughter live wildlife for meat.

CALIFORNIA S.B. 1175

California’s legislation, SB 1175, which would have banned both the importation and possession of eight commonly hunted African species, including taxidermy received after 2020, failed to pass. Because the amendments placed in SB 1175 in the Assembly were not brought up for a vote of concurrence in the Senate before midnight on August 31, 2020, the bill is now dead. However, please take note that while the 41 votes needed to pass this bill were not obtained, the overall vote heavily favored this legislation. Hunters and conservationists should heed this is a warning of potential harmful legislation in the future.

HSC REQUESTS LWCF RECREATIONAL ACCESS FUNDING IN FY 2021

HSC joined other organizations in requesting that David Bernhardt, Secretary of the Interior and Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture, allocate $55 million of fiscal year 21 Great American Outdoor Act (GAOA) funding to the “recreational access” accounts at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service, National Park Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service. In March 2019, the Dingell Act (S.47) dedicated a portion of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to be used to expand opportunities for recreational access, supported by priority lists for access acquisition. These provisions support the nexus between land conservation dollars and recreation on public land. Collectively, BLM lands, National Wildlife Refuges, and National Forests annually support more than 25 million hunting days and nearly 45 million fishing days, highlighting the importance of access to these lands and waters for America’s sportsmen and women. This funding is desperately needed to acquire rights-of-way and parcels that open up landlocked federal lands. For these reasons, the groups requested allocation in FY21, of at least $55 million of the GAOA funds for LWCF Recreational Access projects.


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.