The Mule Deer Foundation is an active member of the California Outdoor Heritage Alliance, sponsor of State Senate Bill 1172.
COHA has announced that SB1172 has passed the State Senate with a 39-0 vote. The bill must now pass through the State Assembly and the Governor’s office to become law.
Below is a news release from the COHA regarding the bill, which provides Fish and Game Commission oversight on expenditures of money obtained through sale of big game tags including deer. For many years sportsmen have struggled to verify where big game tag funds have been spent. Despite laws that state these funds must be spent for the benefit of the species for which the tags are sold, that has not always been the case. Big game fund raising tags for deer also fall into this category.
SB1172 is modeled after the California Duck Stamp program which has a proven track record.
Here’s the release:
California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA) News Release regarding SB1172
Hunting Tag/Stamp Accountability Measure Passes Off Senate Floor – Despite threats of opposition from animal rights organizations and other groups, SB 1172, by Senator Bob Dutton (R-Inland Empire), easily passed the California State Senate on Thursday by a bipartisan vote of 39-0. The bill, which is sponsored by COHA and supported by numerous hunting and conservation interests throughout , would provide much-needed accountability and transparency over the use of hunting license tag and stamp revenues.
SB 1172 was introduced in response to continued revelations over the misuse of certain hunter-generated monies within state government. To help address this ongoing problem over the long-term, the measure would ensure that separate fiscal accounts are provided for all such monies and that they can only be used for certain game species conservation and hunting purposes. The bill would also require the Fish and Game Commission to publicly verify that any proposed expenditure of hunting license tag and stamp money would, in fact, be used for game species conservation or hunting purposes. In addition, SB 1172 would require the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) to consult with hunting-related conservation groups on proposed projects that would be funded from the accounts, while allowing such groups to assist DFG with much-needed habitat protection efforts. Finally, the measure would require that any land that is acquired with hunting license tag or stamp revenue be open for, or provide access to, public hunting opportunities.