Monday, December 23, 2013

Senate Committees Set Jan. 10 Hearing On Threatened, Endangered Species Bills

The Senate Game and Fisheries Committee and Senate Republican Policy Committee are scheduled to hold a hearing on January 10 on threatened and endangered species--  Senate Bill 1047 (Scarnati-R- Jefferson) and House Bill 1576 (Pyle-R-Armstrong).
Legislation pending in the Senate and House would fundamentally change the way threatened and endangered species are designed and protected in Pennsylvania and eliminate hundreds of rare and species of special concern from evaluation during environmental permit reviews.
The bills would also set additional public review requirements for designating Wild Trout Streams.
In November the House Game and Fisheries Committee amended and reported out House Bill 1576 by a largely party-line vote.  The bill has been Tabled since November 13.  There has been no action on the Senate bill.
Hunting and angling groups, the Game and Fish and Boat Commissions and environmental groups have opposed the legislation.
The hearing will be held in the Eberly College of Business and Information Auditorium, 664 Pratt Dr. on the Indiana University campus in Indiana, Pa starting at 10:00 a.m.
Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Adams) serves as Majority Chair of the Game and Fisheries Committee, and Sen. Richard Kasunic (D-Somerset) serves as Minority Chair.

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