The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works approved a series of public recreation bills on Thursday, Feb. 6. You can watch an archived broadcast of the mark-up at http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=1a407300-c785-8565-1fcb-70f8296a9e5e.
The bills include:
- The Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2013 (H.R. 1206), which would allow all states to apply to issue electronic Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamps, generally known as Duck Stamps, though the Department of the Interior could limit the number of new states doing so each year. The House already approved the bill.
- The Migratory Bird Habitat Investment and Enhancement Act (S. 1865), which would allow increases in the price of Duck Stamps to $25 and another increase to $30 in five years. All funds raised would continue to go to conservation.
- The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act (S. 1077), which would extend the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network through FY 18. Similar legislation is pending before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.
For background on the bills, see the stories linked to below.