Written by Gary Cuputi
Thursday, 09 December 2010 11:41
Just got a call from Jim Hutchinson from the RFA. He was in Trenton at
the Senate committee hearing this morning with Jim Donofrio. Senator
Smith finally bowing to pressure put the free angler registry
legislation up for a committee vote and it passed unanimously with only
Senator Smith abstaining!
Senator Van Drew provided extremely
well documented testimony detailing the importance of recreational
saltwater fishing to the state, the millions it generated in tax
revenue, the money the state receives from the federal Wallop-Breaux
Funds and how it is designated and how important fishing is to the shore
area and overall state economy. He hit every salient point perfectly
and backed it up with the facts putting everyone on the committee at
ease with the decision to support the legislation.
and Jim Donofrio asked me to extend to all of you who wrote, emailed
and called your State Senators and those who took time to attend today's
meeting in Trenton a BIG THANK YOU!
We are facing so many issues
that are aimed at destroying recreational fishing in saltwater and when
we pull together we can get things done.
The legislation is
slated for a floor vote in the Senate before the end of the year, where
it is expect to pass handily. If one of your representatives is on the
committee, call their office and thank them for their actions today. If
not, call you state senator and tell them to vote for the legislation
when it comes to the floor next week.