Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has reintroduced two bills in support of sportsmen and sportswomen and to ensure that their perspective is heard when crafting Federal policy. One piece of legislation, H.R. 2105, The Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee Act, permanently establishes a committee to advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, recreational shooting, and hunting.
“When policies that can greatly affect recreational activities are being considered, America’s sportsmen and sportswomen should have a seat at the table,” said Latta. “A permanent Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council will ensure that their voice is heard as a part of these discussions. I am confident that this legislation will serve to the betterment of current and future generations of hunter-conservationists.”
Latta also introduced legislation, H.R. 2106, to direct the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to require annual permits and assess annual fees for commercial filming activities on Federal land for film crew of five or less people. Under the current approval system, small and minimally-funded crews are at a disadvantage compared to larger counterparts. The bill rectifies this problem by setting a $200 annual fee to obtain a permit for small crews and ensures that no other fees are imposed.
Latta is the former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. Both bills are supported by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.