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Hearing on SB 5844 – Wed. Feb 18, 2015! Show your support for recreational fishing!!

Attention all Anglers, Senator Rivers Recreational Fishing Priority Bill, SB 5844 (Companion to HB 1660 by Representative Liz Pike) has been scheduled for a PublIc Hearing next Wednesday, Feb 18th at 1:30 in the Senate Natural Resources Committee. This is … Continue reading

The 2014 General Election is just around the corner…

The 2014 General Election is just around the corner….Ballots are in the mail and should be arriving in the next few days.   WACPAC and the recreational fishing groups have been busy this summer and fall meeting with candidates to discuss … Continue reading

Derelict Gear Bill Passes Legislature!

ESB 5661 (Derelict Gear) is on it’s way to the Governor’s Desk.  The bill cleared it’s last legislative hurdle this past Saturday, when the Senate concurred in the House amendment to the Bill.  The House amendment directs WDFW to work … Continue reading

Derelict Gear Bill gaining Momentum

ESB 5661 cleared another important hurdle this week.  The bill passed out of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday without a dissenting vote.  This was huge for this bill considering we could not even get a hearing in that Committee on … Continue reading

Ghost Net Bill Passes Washington State Senate

We did it….With your help, we passed ESB 5661 out of the Senate Monday night on a vote of 47-1.  As you know, this is a very important bill for Puget Sound.  ESB 5661 REQUIRES Commercial Fisherman to report lost … Continue reading

Support the Dunshee “Job Package”

  There have been several items of interests to anglers floating around halls of the legislature this past week.  Most notably is the conversation around a public works “Jobs Creation” proposal.  This is significant to Washington anglers because the House proposal authored … Continue reading

2012 Legislative Session

News From Olympia!!   The legislature kicked off the 2012 Legislative Session last Monday…..This is the 60 day session.  A number of bills were introduced proposing changes to the Discover Pass.  The one that seems to have the most support … Continue reading

End of the Special Session Gives Rec Anglers a Temporary Win

Well…The legislature finally adjourn this past week.  A quick glance at the early action 2012 Supplemental Budget that was passed on Wednesday, shows the legislature has at least initially rejected the Governor’s proposal to shift of $1.5 in Wildlife Account revenue to backfill several fish … Continue reading

Progress on Discover Pass Transferability

The House and Senate bills have been introduced to allow two vehicles to be listed on a Discover Pass.  They are HB 2153 and SB 5977- both with a great list of bipartisan sponsors (35 in the House, 27- a … Continue reading

New Discover Pass Bill to Fix Transferability Issue

Expect to see a new Discover Pass bill introduced in the next couple of days.  Many legislators and agency personnel have agreed that there is way too much heart burn over the “transferability” issue.   Most everyone who enjoys the outdoors has expressed their frustration … Continue reading