The House on Tuesday finished work on amendments and set up a final vote on legislation aimed at protecting hunting, fishing and sport shooting on federal lands.
The House quickly considered 10 amendments to the bill — H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act — and voice-vote approved most of them.
The rest were either approved by voice vote, or were withdrawn. These amendments were from:
— Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), making technical and clarifying changes to the bill. Approved in a voice vote.
— Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), requiring a report on the impacts of the bill on hunting, fishing and sport shooting activities. Approved in a voice vote.
— Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), ensuring that women and minority groups are included in a new conservation advisory committee. Approved in a voice vote.
— Pete Gallego (D-Texas), adding veterans service groups as members of the conservation advisory committee. Approved in a voice vote.
— Paul Broun (R-Ga.), including trapping and netting on the list of activities allowed in all land management plans. Withdrawn.
— Jason Smith (R-Mo.), preserving the right to use motorized vessels in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a national park in Missouri. Approved in voice vote.
— Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), allowing states to determine regular agricultural practices under the bill. Approved in voice vote.
— John Fleming (R-La.), restoring hunting access to the Kisatchie National Forest for deer hunting with dogs. Approved in voice vote.
— Jared Polis (D-Colo.), a sense of the Congress that access to National Forest Lands for snowmobilers should be maintained while a winter travel management rule is being finalized. Approved in a voice vote.