|HARRISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 5) – The top officials of the Pennsylvania Game and Fish and Boat commissions will join state Rep. Greg Vitali, Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, to discuss their opposition to H.B. 1576 during a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Capitol Media Center.
State House members, including Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery/Phila., will speak at the news conference, along with leaders of environmental and outdoors organizations.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway;
- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl Roe;
- PennFuture Chief Counsel George Jugovic and PennFuture Policy Director Steve Stroman;
- Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter Senior Director Jeff Schmidt;
- Trout Unlimited Eastern Water Project Director Katy Dunlap.
The news conference is being held in advance of a vote on the bill by the House Game and Fisheries Committee. The vote is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 13.
The bill would take the ability to declare a species endangered or threatened from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission or Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and would transfer the decision-making process to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the legislature. IRCC is made up of five members, two each appointed by the legislative caucuses, and one by the governor.
The bill also would require that any species currently listed as threatened or endangered go through the IRRC process and the legislature within two years of the legislation being enacted to justify its continued designation.
Media coverage is invited.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Live audio access to the news conference is available by calling one of the following numbers five minutes before the start of the event: 717-787-9903, 9904, 9905, 9906, 9907, 9908, 9909 or 9910.
Eric Levis, Press Secretary
House Democratic Communications Office
Fish and Boat Commission