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Pennsylvania Needs Fish and Wildlife Leaders Now

The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) joined other organizations urging the Pennsylvania Governor and the Senate Rules and Nominations Committee to act on vacancies to the boards of commissioners (Boards) to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). Filling these vacancies is necessary to ensure continuity with game and fisheries management in the Keystone State. The Boards are the governing bodies of the respective agencies, tasked with creating policies and regulations that are then enacted by the career-employees within the relevant agencies. These policies have direct impacts on sportsmen and women, most commonly through season dates and bag or creel limits.

The vacancies on the Boards for the PGC and PFBC jeopardize the ability of the Boards to conduct their business, which is vital to the interests of fish and wildlife, their habitats, sportsmen and women, and the general public. The PGC is in an unprecedented position where they may be unable to hold their next quarterly meeting because the number of vacancies will prevent a quorum. This is even more concerning when considering that the limited legislative calendar for the remainder of the year may limit consideration of nominees. If a quorum cannot be met, PGC rules and regulations could lapse and revert to previous years’ regulations.

CSF urges the Governor to appoint qualified nominees to any vacancies and urges the legislature to ensure these nominees receive prompt consideration, and will continue to work with its partners, the state agencies, and the Governor’s office to ensure the Boards can continue to meet, ensuring proper game and fisheries management.

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