Tomorrow, March 24, the House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism will consider House Joint Resolution 61, sponsored by state Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin). HJR 61 proposes an amendment to the Texas constitution that establishes an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife in the Lone Star State. It would ensure that wildlife conservation and management decisions continue to be based on sound science in order to preserve Texas' hunting heritage for generations to come and to protect it against future attacks from well-funded, anti-hunting organizations. Not only are hunting and fishing deep-rooted in Texas culture, they have a major economic impact on the state. According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the Lone Star State's hunters and anglers spend $4.1 billion annually and support 65,993 jobs. To sign up in support of Texas' Right to Hunt and Fish, click here.
Please contact the following committee members immediately and respectfully urge them to support HJR 61:
Chairman Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City)
Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock)
Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio)
Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Kerrville)
Rep. Wayne Smith (R-Baytown)
Last week, on a 4 to 1 vote, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs reported out Senate Joint Resolution 22, the Senate companion measure to HJR 61 sponsored by State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe). SJR 22 received the support of Chairman Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), state Senators Lois Kolkhorst, Bob Hall and Brandon Creighton in committee; it now moves to the full Senate for where it could receive consideration as early as this week. Please contact your State Senators ASAP and urge them to support SJR 22. Contact information for Senators can be found here.