Sportsmens Alert! For information about the following message, please contact: U.S. Sportsmens Alliance 801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus,
OH 43229 Phone: 614 888-4868 Fax: 614 888-0326 Email: email@example.com Website: www.ussportsmen.org June
13, 2007 Assembly Proposes to Alter New Jersey Fish and Game Council Legislation that will revamp the New Jersey Fish and Game Council will be heard in the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee on June 14. The U.S. Sportsmens Alliance and its allies are concerned that such legislation will simplify anti-hunters involvement in wildlife decision-making. Assembly Bill 3275, introduced by Assemblyman Michael Panter, D- Shrewsbury, will change the make up of the Fish & Game Council. It will remove the six sportsmen and three farmers who represent various geographical regions, and replace them with seven appointees recommended by the governor. The bill also directs the council to investigate non-lethal wildlife management options prior to setting hunting, fishing or trapping programs, and removes the councils authority to consider the use and development of fish and wildlife resources for public recreation and food supply when adopting the State Fish and Game Code. We are concerned that this bill will result in the
end of hunting in the long run, said Rick Story, U.S. Sportsmens Alliance senior vice president. The bill plays into the anti-hunting movements hands. Assembly Bill 3275 also proposes the transfer of the Division of Fish and Wildlife from the Department of Conservation and Economic Development to the Department of Environmental Protection. If the shift occurs, there is a risk that game management activities will take a back seat to environmental projects, and thus wildlife conservation will suffer. The Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee hearing is June 14 in Committee Room #9, State House Annex in Trenton. New Jersey sportsmen
who cannot attend should contact their Assembly members and voice opposition to AB 3275. It is particularly important to make calls today if your Assembly member is on the Environment and Solid Waste Committee (see list below). Use the Legislative Action Center at www.ussportsmen.org to prepare your message. Committee Member Party-Hometown Phone Number Assemblyman John McKeon, Chairman D-South Orange (973) 275-1113 Assemblyman Robert Gordon, Vice-Chair D-Fair Lawn (201) 703-9779 Assemblyman Larry Chatzidakis R-Mt. Laurel (856) 234-8080 Assemblyman Charles Epps, Jr. D-Jersey City (201) 200-1820 Assemblyman Louis Manzo D-Jersey City (201) 309-0770 Assemblyman Michael Panter D-Shrewsbury (732) 544-2116 Assemblyman John Rooney R-Emerson (201)
967-8910 The U.S. Sportsmens Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmens organization that protects 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. Sportsmens Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.