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Sportsmen’s Bill Moves on After Markup


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The House Natural Resources Committee held a heated day of public land bill markups on October 8. The most notable of these markups occurred for the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (H.R. 2406), also known as the SHARE Act. The SHARE Act, a bill that has been largely supported by sportsmen’s and other conservation groups as a way to increase access to public lands and support recreation, passed committee yesterday with established provisions remaining intact. It also left markup with a few more hunting and angling provisions added, such as the expansion of hunting access on national forests in four states, a requirement for the National Park Service (NPS) to allow public participation in Grand Canyon buffalo culls, and the ability for states and territories to override the federal government on coastal water fishing restrictions. The SHARE Act has been part of a Congressional push this year to pass public lands bills that will satisfy sportsmen’s, conservation, and environmental interests. Some provisions of the SHARE Act have been particularly controversial, such as the exclusion of lead ammunition and fishing tackle from chemical substance regulations as well as language that would roll back the Administration’s recently announced restrictions on the [...]

 

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