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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 1, 2014 10:45 AM
From: Representative Matt Gabler and Rep. Marc J. Gergely, Rep. Martin T. Causer
To: All House members
Subject: Reintroduction of legislation reauthorizing the “Special Elk Conservation Tag” Program and authorizing a second special tag for the Keystone Elk Country Alliance.
 
For the past five years, state law has authorized the Pennsylvania Game Commission to partner with a non-profit wildlife conservation organization to auction an elk license to raise funds for wildlife conservation. Current law required this program to sunset on July 1, 2013. Without legislative action, no elk tag auction will take place in 2014.

In the near future, we will introduce legislation to reenact the elk tag auction and build on its success. This legislation will reauthorize the “Special Elk Conservation Tag,” enabling the Pennsylvania Game Commission to annually partner with a wildlife conservation organization to conduct the auction and raise funds for the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Wildlife Conservation Organization.

Additionally, this bill will create a second special tag to be utilized by our Commonwealth’s own elk conservation organization headquartered in the Elk Range - the Keystone Elk Country Alliance (KECA). KECA is the non-profit organization that manages the Elk Country Visitors’ Center in Benezette, Elk County and provides exceptional work in elk education, conservation and habitat.

This bill is similar to a bill we introduced earlier this session. Unlike the other bill which made certain changes to the annual Elk Tag Lottery Drawing, this bill focuses solely on the special tag program. This bill also adopts new language that is designed to enable the PA Game Commission to commit a larger portion of the special tag revenues toward the goal of the partnering wildlife conservation organization. We invite the cosponsors of the previous introduced bill, as well as all other House Members to sign on as cosponsors of this proposed legislation.



Introduced as HB2169