by Joe Neville, KTA Executive Director
SB 453 (Brewster, D – Westmoreland), HB 71 (Godshall, R – Montgomery)
These bills would authorize the Game Commission to allow for hunting on Sundays. Currently this is prohibited by statute, but either piece of legislation will amend the law to allow for the Game Commission to issue regulations allowing for Sunday hunting.
HB 640 (Barrar, R – Chester)
This legislation would combine the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). PHMC would be absorbed by DCNR.
HB 754 (Murt, R – Montgomery)
This legislation amends the Conservation and Natural Resources Act to provide a 15% discount on state park activity fees and charges for active duty, retired and disabled military personnel and their immediate family. The legislation would apply to active duty and retired military members and veterans who have a 100% service-related disability, plus their immediate family. Military personnel and veterans who qualify would have to provide identification in order to receive a discount.
HB 723 (Hanna, D – Clinton)
This legislation would allow the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to enforce Title 75 (Vehicles) provisions related to all-terrain vehicle (ATV) summary offense violations, even if the violation occurs outside of state park and state forest lands.
Anticipated Bill Yet to Be Reintroduced:
Ellis, R – Butler
A proposal that would allow political appointees to make decisions on Public/Private Partnerships such as golf courses, water parks, amusement parks, office buildings and hotels by allowing private sector development in State Parks.