Special Legislative Session

Legislators from around the State are converging on Olympia today for the start of yet another special session.  The Governor called this Special Session to have the legislature fill a budget hole in the neighborhood of $2 billion dollars.  She is hoping to resolve this problem through a series of cuts and by a temporary .5 percent increase in the State’s sales tax that would go to a vote of the people in March of 2012. Continue reading

Take Action with Congress Today

I just took a few minutes to let congress know that I support HR 2834, the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act.  This is very important in order to expand the access to outdoor recreational opportunities such as hunting and fishing on federal lands.  For more information and for links to your legislator, visit: http://keepamericafishing.salsalabs.com/o/6394/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4052


Issues on the Radar

Discover Pass Changes Proposed,   

Rumor has it there are a large number of bills that are going to be introduced next legislative session to address some issues with the Discover Pass.  One of the biggest issues that most everyone seems to agree on is the “Transferability” issue.  Purchasers of the Discover Pass were surprised to learn that they needed to purchase a separate Discover Pass for each vehicle in order to have access to a State Park, certain DNR lands and lands manage by Fish and Wildlife (If you don’t have a fishing or hunting license).  This has created quite an uproar with many user groups and rightly so.  I am sorry, but the legislature overreached by expecting families to buy multiple Discover Passes!!  Expect to see some serious lines drawn on this issue and a strong push to have the Discover Pass to cover two vehicles within the same family. Continue reading

First Blog

The Missing Piece

Traditionally, recreational anglers in the State of Washington have been given the leftovers when it comes to managing our fisheries. Recently however, through the efforts of groups like CCA, and PSA, as well as others, the conversation has changed in Olympia. Politicians are starting to hear our message of harvest reform, habitat recovery, and managing fisheries using the best available science. Continue reading