Thursday, September 30, 2010

California Hunting Tag Fee Bill Signed Into Law
Have you heard of Senate Bill 1058? I hadn't, but I feel very fortunate to have Senator Tom Harman backing us hunters up. It's about time we got this put into law. Over and over again, people have said that our tag fees go directly to the conservation of our hunting heritage. While some of it used to, much of it, I am sure, went to other funding for projects unrelated to hunting and fishing. Props to the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance and to Senator Harman. Thank you all for your hard work in getting this passed!

Sacramento - Senator Tom Harman (R-Huntington Beach) announced that Senate Bill 1058, a measure to ensure that hunting license tag and stamp funds directly benefit game species and their habitats, has been signed by the Governor. The measure was sponsored by the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA).

"The Governor's signature on Senate Bill 1058 means wildlife and habitat restoration will once again be the priority of hunting tag and stamp fees. That is what those fees are supposed to be used for - not bureaucratic paperwork," said Harman. "I am very pleased my bill has become law."

Current law has allowed hunting tag funds to be used for non-game purposes. SB 1058 protects these funds by requiring that, before any of the hunting tag monies can be expended, hunting-related organizations would have an opportunity to review proposed projects and provide comment to the Department of Fish and Game.

"SB 1058 furthers two causes that I am passionate about: increased transparency in government spending and conservation of the environment," Harman stated.

SB 1058 was a reintroduction of Harman's Senate Bill 589 last year, which was vetoed by the Governor. Senate Bill 1058 addressed the concerns raised by the Administration and was signed into law on September 28.

Senator Harman represents the cities of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Rossmoor, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and portions of Buena Park, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Westminster.
Eileen Ricker 916-651-4035

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