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FEDERAL LEGISLATION

The 114th Congress convened January 3, 2015. Find your Representative. Use the menu to find your Senator.

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H.R.528: Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act
Sponsor: Dan Benishek [MI-1] (introduced 1/26/2015) Cosponsors (40)
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2015 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.
Would create an "open until closed" policy for sportsmen's use of federal land and would block threats from interest groups that seek to limit hunting, fishing and shooting on America's federal properties. The proposed legislation would limit these threats to sportsmen access by directing federal land managers at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to facilitate use and access for hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting activities on federal lands.

H.R.2406 Sportsmenís Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015.
To protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Robert Wittman [VA-1] (introduced 5/19/2015) Cosponsors Rep Jeff Duncan [SC-3]; Rep Gene Green [TX-29]; Rep Timothy Walz [MN-1]
Latest Major Action: 5/19/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources.
HR 2406 is a bipartisan package with 13 pro-sportsmenís provisions. The bill makes the existing exemption from EPA regulation for lead shot permanent and adds lead tackle as an exempted product. Among other provisions, it will also extend and increase statesí authority to allocate Pittman-Robertson funding for shooting ranges on public lands.

HR 2293 Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act. Sponsor: Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] (introduced 5/13/2015); and Representatives Deutch (FL), Marino (PA), Blumenauer (OR), Chabot (OH), Cohen (TN), Meehan (PA), Nadler (NY), Franks (AZ). Cosponsors (44) . Latest Major Action: 6/1/2015 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Making or transporting crush videos is already illegal. This bill streamlines some of the language, does not change the penalty. HSUS claims the bill is needed to empower the Federal Bureau of Investigation and US Attorneys to prosecute animal abuse cases that cross state lines. HSUS is really using this to further "the link" theory to their followers that animal abusers move on to abuse people. The bill does not change existing US Code language regarding interstate commerce or transportation. Current law already exempts the following practices and their visual depiction: customary and normal veterinary or agricultural husbandry practice; slaughter of animals for food; hunting, trapping, fishing, predator control, or pest control. HR 2293 would expand these exemptions by adding: medical or scientific research; or an act necessary to protect the life of person or property of a person from a serious threat caused by an animal.




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