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Connecticut: Two Important Bills Pending Action

Friday, March 12, 2010

Public hearings were held this week in the Environment Committee regarding Raised Senate Bill 207 and Raised Senate Bill 274.  These bills could now be voted on at any time before Monday, March 22, which is the deadline to move bills out of committee. 

SB207 is designed to reduce the recent fee increases associated with hunting and fishing licenses.  While in concept, the NRA supports this bill, there are several aspects of the bill that the NRA cannot support.  Several different bills were considered to lower the fee increases. Please call the members of the Environment Committee, as well as your State Legislator, and ask them to support alternative language to this bill that has been  proposed by The Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen and backed by the NRA.  This alternative language would lower the fee increases to only 25 percent increase as opposed to the two increases approved by lawmakers last year totaling more than 100 percent. 

SB274 would prohibit the "unreasonable" confinement and tethering of dogs.  This legislation could affect those who own dogs bred or trained for hunting by limiting their ability to kennel, transport, and house dogs bred for the purpose of hunting.  NRA strongly opposes this measure.

Please contact your State Legislators and respectfully urge them to support alternative language proposed by the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen and backed by NRA to SB207.  Also, please ask your State Legislators to oppose SB274.

The phone number to contact the committee is (860) 240-0440.  Individual contact information for the members of the Environment Committee can be found by clicking
here

Contact information for members of the Connecticut General Assembly can be found by clicking
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