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Sportsmen's committee bill readied for House vote

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The Sportsmen's Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act or SHARE Act (H.R.2799) has been readied for consideration by the House of Representatives.

The House Committee on Natural Resources amended and passed the bill. The Agriculture Committee was discharged from considering it and it was placed on the Union Calendar for a House vote. The report became available online on Thursday, Jan. 30. Read it at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/R?cp113:FLD010:@1%28hr336%29.

The bill would create a Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise the Interior and Agriculture departments on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, and recreational shooting. The committee would file an annual report.

The committee would replace the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council.

Passage wasn't unanimous, though. Democrats objected, saying the bill is unnecessary because President Barack Obama already appointed such a committee by executive order. They also worry that the make-up of the committee would dilute the voice of hunters by replacing required representation of hunting education groups with representatives of the firearms, ranching and agricultural professions.

Ranking minority committee member Pete DeFazio (D-OR) and Del. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-Northern Mariana Islands) wrote “the council this bill seeks to replace is the only group that provides a voice solely for the hunting community.”

No similar legislation is pending in the Senate. For background, see the story linked to below.

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