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What Happened in Montpelier on Bear Hunting with Dogs and F&W Board

Bill S.321, Bear Hunting with dogs and F&W Board continued to have hearings this morning.  The witness list  for Friday morning is shown down below.

Town Meeting Day in Vermont is Tuesday, March 3.  Many legislators attend town meeting or are present for quite some time while the polls are open.  This is a good time to talk to them and relate that you think that no gun control laws are needed in our state (Second Lowest Violent Crime Rate in the USA) and our Vermont F&W Board is doing quite well.  Let them work on jobs, taxes, the economy, roads and bridges and illegal drugs.

The legislature does not meet the week of Town Meeting Day, March 2-6.  They return the week of March 9 through the 13th.  Friday the 13 is designated at Crossover Day.  Which means the vast majority of bills that have not passed out of the committee of origin by the end of business on Cross Over Day will usually not be taken up  the other House this year.  Bills that have not passed out of the legislature die with the fall of the final gavel of 2020.  

For this reason the week of Crossover is frantic in the Vermont Legislature.  Your contacts on S.321 with  legislators during Town Meeting week, when many are back home, and when they return the week of March 9 – 13 are very important.  Your respectful contacts with the legislators are certainly being noticed.

Message your five Senators on the Natural Resources Committee, listed below, asking them to remove sections  15-18 (Wildlife Governance and Bear Hunting) and any other attack on Vermont sportsmen.

Be sure to include your town of residence to the senators on the committee: (Addison) (Bennington) (Franklin) (Essex / Orleans) (Orange)

You can call the Sgt-at-Arms Office to the leave the message above for these senators at 802-828-2228.

Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy


Room 8

February 25, 2020 – February 28, 2020

Last Updated 2/27/2020 2:13 PM

Friday, February 28, 2020

9:00 AM S. 321 – An act relating to miscellaneous fish and wildlife issues

Michael O’Grady, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Louis Porter, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife

11:00 AM Overview of Procedure to amend the Vermont Constitution

BetsyAnn Wrask, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

11:30 AM Senate Floor

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