Sportsmen’s Package Passed House with Tribal Treaty Amendment on Feb. 5th; Similar Legislation Introduced in the Senate >>

February 13th, 2014

Sportsmen’s Package Passed House with Tribal Treaty Amendment on Feb. 5th; Similar Legislation Introduced in the Senate

On February 5th, H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational (SHARE) Act, passed the House by a vote of 268-154. The bill passed with the inclusion of a manager’s amendment of Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), which included language to protect tribal treaty rights on federal lands (specifically BLM and Forest Service Lands). The amendment as enacted stated: “Nothing in this Act or the amendments made by this Act shall be construed to affect or modify any treaty or other right of any federally recognized Indian tribe.”

The Senate has its own version of the Sportsmen’s package, introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC). The bi-partisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014 (S. 1335) includes 12 bills addressing outdoor recreation and land use. Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mark Begich (D-AK), John Boozman (R-AR), Dean Heller (R-NV), John Hoeven (R-ND), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jon Tester (D-MT) and David Vitter (R-LA) have cosponsored the Senate bill. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced a similar bill, S. 3525, in the previous 112th Congress.

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