Elk NetworkLegislative Update

Conservation , Volunteer News | May 20, 2020

June-July 2021

Most state legislatures have wrapped up their business, but the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is still engaged in the few states that are still working, and also working with Congress and the federal agencies to advocate for our priorities.

National

RMEF is working with a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives to develop comprehensive CWD research and management legislation.

Several RMEF-supported provisions were included in the Senate “Bipartisan Infrastructure” bill passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in July, including forest management reforms and funding to address wildfire risk and habitat management.  RMEF still seeks bipartisan support for endangered species-related reforms that are holding up lands projects.

The RMEF-supported Hunt Fish 30×30 Coalition influenced the Administration’s first report on the Thirty by Thirty Initiative as the report specifically references the role hunters have played in the past and will play in the future.  RMEF priorities, including increased access, multiple use public lands, private land conservation and continuation of migratory corridor work, were all included in the report.

RMEF opposed the appointment of David Chipman to the ATF Director position in mid-July.  Chipman has worked for anti-gun organizations and brings political divisiveness to a law enforcement agency that requires fairness.

California

RMEF officially opposed California AB 1223 which would impose an 11% tax at retail on all long gun and ammunition purchases to fund crime research. If passed, this bill would dramatically drive up prices of guns and ammo. RMEF has joined 15 other sportsmen and conservation groups strongly opposing the measure.  Despite defeating it once, the bill remains active.

Oregon

RMEF successfully challenged the language of the ballot title for Initiative Petition 13 to make it clear that this initiative would make hunting, livestock farming, trapping, pest control and other common activities crimes. However, the petition is still proceeding, and RMEF is encouraging its members to register to vote and not to sign the petition.

Colorado

RMEF and partners were successful in keeping hunting license fees from funding the wolf reintroduction program with passage of HB 1243.