From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
-- A California bill to block local governments from passing ordinances to stop or approve hunting and fishing could be voted on in the state Senate as soon as Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008.
Assembly Bill 815, sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R- Modesto, clarifies that the California Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Fish and Game are solely responsible for the regulation of hunting and fishing laws, not local governments.
This bill would prevent potentially severe county/municipal restrictions, or outright bans, from being placed on hunters and anglers.
In addition to further strengthening the state's authority over hunting, fishing and scientific wildlife management, the bill would prevent sportsmen from becoming victims of a patchwork of differing fish and game laws that could change from one township to the next.
The measure further clarifies a California Supreme Court decision which upheld a portion of the California Constitution prohibiting cities and counties from regulating fish and game matters. Despite this ruling, many local governments still attempted to their own regulations because no clear statute existed.
Assembly Bill 815 recently passed out of a Senate Committee and is eligible for a vote before the full Senate on August 7, 2008.
California sportsmen should call their senator today to ask for their support of AB 815. Let them know that you support the state retaining their ability to effectively manage fish and game manners. To find contact information your senator, call (916) 651-4171 or use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org.
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen's organizations that protect the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit www.ussportsmen.org.