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ASA Backs Critical Sportfishing Bills
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ASA Backs Critical Sportfishing Bills

Alexandria, VA  – The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee held an executive session that included consideration and passage of several bills supported by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). This included committee passage of S. 1995, the Sport Fish Restoration, Recreational Boating Safety, and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2021, authored by Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and...

Senators Highlight Recreational Boating Community In Trust Fund Hearing
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Senators Highlight Recreational Boating Community In Trust Fund Hearing

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee recently convened a hearing to consider additional measures for the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2021 (S. 1995). Introduced by Senator Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), the bill would reauthorize the $742 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which supports conservation efforts,...

Senate Touts Outdoor Recreation as Economic Driver
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Senate Touts Outdoor Recreation as Economic Driver

The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion recently held a hearing on the state of outdoor tourism, recreation, and ecotourism, noting the importance outdoor recreation has on local economies as communities recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. In opening remarks, Chairwoman Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) emphasized the role outdoor recreation plays...

Sportfishing Industry Calls on Congress to Support Conservation and Access
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Sportfishing Industry Calls on Congress to Support Conservation and Access

Alexandria, VA  – Over the past year, there has been a significant increase in participation and demand for outdoor recreation, which has created challenges and opportunities for the recreational fishing and the broader outdoor recreation industries. Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, held a hearing to examine the state of outdoor...

Congress Moves to Reauthorize Sport Fish Restoration/Boating Trust Fund
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Congress Moves to Reauthorize Sport Fish Restoration/Boating Trust Fund

As part of National Fishing and Boating Week, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), along with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) and Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA-6), introduced the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2021 (H.R. 3702) – a bill that reauthorizes the $742 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating...

AFWA Supports Sport Fish Restoration, Recreational Boating Safety, and Wildlife Restoration Act
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AFWA Supports Sport Fish Restoration, Recreational Boating Safety, and Wildlife Restoration Act

Washington D.C. – The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is excited to see the reintroduction of the Sport Fish Restoration, Recreational Boating Safety, and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2021 (H.R. 3702) in the House on Friday, June 4, 2021. This bipartisan legislation, led by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) along...

ORR Backs “Recreation Not Red Tape” Act
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ORR Backs “Recreation Not Red Tape” Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Outdoor Recreation Roundtable threw its support behind Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Blake Moore’s (R-UT) reintroduced Recreation Not Red Tape Act to lower obstacles for people to recreate in, improve and prioritize the outdoors. The bill tackles cumbersome permitting and other processes for outdoor guides, as well as trail and forest...

Washington Senator Proposes Incentives for Electric Boats
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Washington Senator Proposes Incentives for Electric Boats

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) this week introduced the Fueling America’s Security and Transportation with Electricity Act of 2021 (FAST Electricity Act), which creates a new federal tax incentive to accelerate the manufacturing and adoption of all types of electrified transportation modes ranging from recreational boats to industrial equipment. The FAST Electricity Act, described in the...

Proposed Law Would Push Louisiana Pogie Boats Offshore
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Proposed Law Would Push Louisiana Pogie Boats Offshore

Unlike Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas, Louisiana has no geographic restrictions on where menhaden can be harvested. Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Representative Joseph Orgeron introduced House Bill 535 (HB 535) which would establish a coastal exclusion zone where the commercial taking of menhaden would be prohibited. On May 10, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) submitted...

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Arkansas Governor Moves to Protect Fish and Wildlife Funding

May 3, 2021 – On April 29,Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus member Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law House Bill 1957 (HB 1957), the Arkansas Sovereignty Act of 2021, which seeks to reaffirm second amendment protections within the state. Shortly before the enactment of HB 1957, Governor Hutchinson vetoed a bill with the same title. While both bills...