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Saltwater Sunset

The American Sportfishing Association is celebrating yesterday’s decision by the California Senate Appropriations Committee not to advance Assembly Bill 3030. While there’s a slight chance the bill could still resurface in a different form before the legislative session ends on August 31, it is highly likely that the bill is dead for this year. This is great news as AB 3030 poses a serious threat to recreational fishing access. AB 3030 aims to protect 30 percent of California’s lands and…

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Scenic lake with tall pines

By a vote of 310 to 107, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), a landmark legislative package to fund access to and maintenance of the nation’s public lands. With GAOA having previously passed the Senate on June 17, passage by the House now sends the bill to President Trump, who is expected to sign it into law. “Public lands are critical for providing recreational fishing opportunities throughout the nation,” said Glenn Hughes, president…

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Senator Florida Visit

On Wednesday, June 17, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) visited Half Hitch in Panama City, Fla. The visit with the Florida-based tackle shop, an American Sportfishing Association (ASA) member, focused on the importance of the sportfishing industry in Florida and included a broader discussion about the impacts of COVID-19 on the outdoor industry and ways the federal government has worked to increase boating and fishing access. An avid angler, Secretary Bernhardt, along with…

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Capitol

By a vote of 73 to 25, the U.S. Senate today passed the Great American Outdoors Act, a landmark legislative package to fund access to and maintenance of the nation’s public lands. This final vote followed a week of procedural motions that continually garnered bipartisan support, culminating in today’s overwhelming approval. “In these incredibly challenging times, it’s heartening to see the U.S. Senate come together and overwhelmingly support something so integral to our economy and way of life – our…

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The U.S. House of Representatives should swiftly pass the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, following the U.S. Senate’s unanimous passage today of the bipartisan bill, which includes multiple hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation priorities. The bill, introduced by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), would be another significant win for wildlife and sportsmen and sportswomen nationwide. “At a time when one-third of wildlife species are at heightened risk of extinction and lawmakers struggle to agree on anything, the…

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