Latta Hails Passage of Sportsmen’s Bill
Washington, February 26, 2016 | Erin Partee (202-225-6405)
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today voted in support of H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act.
This bipartisan package, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 242-161, included language from two bills introduced by Congressman Latta in May 2015. The first piece of legislation, H.R. 2399, would create an official advisory board, known as the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, to serve as counsel to the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture on policies that benefit recreational hunting and wildlife resources. The second piece of legislation, H.R. 2401, would direct the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to require annual permits and assess annual fees for commercial filming activities on Federal land for film crews of 5 persons or fewer, helping to rectify disparity in application and approval regulations between smaller crews and larger, well-funded counterparts.
“Ensuring that sportsmen and sportswomen have the opportunity to hold an advisory role across future Administrations is vital for all who enjoy the great outdoors. Through their engagement and drive to provide consensus recommendations, the Council’s vast experience and expertise can be utilized to the benefit of the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture,” said Congressman Latta. “As a current member and former Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, as well as a cosponsor to H.R. 2406, I am confident that this legislation will serve to the betterment of current and future generations of hunter-conservationists.”