Wednesday, 02 March 2005 06:40

The Time is Now!

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Are you willing to give up ten minutes to straighten out the mess that NDOW and the Wildlife Commission have gotten us into? You can help by phoning, writing or e-mailing some Nevada legislators regarding some very important wildlife bills.

Many important bills are originating in the Assembly and are being heard in the Natural Resources Committee. Below is a list of four bills that need your immediate attention. These bills need to be passed and sent on to the Senate where you will then have to contact certain senators and voice your concerns.


PROPOSED 2005 LEGISLATION 

AB45-621: (Does not have a bill number yet) This is the most important bill for deer hunters during this legislative session. It is designed to bring back our once famous mule deer herds. During the last legislative session, NDOW received a 33 percent increase in revenues. This was achieved by increasing license and tag fees. This bill mandates 33 percent of the increase will be used only for predator management and only for mule deer. If restoring our deer numbers is important to you, you need to ensure this bill is passed. NDOW has done nothing on its own for predator management. So it is up to the sportsmen to ensure this management tool is implemented.

AB3: Provides for an audit for NDOW. The last performance audit was done in 1989. In fiscal year 2001 and 2002 an audit committee found an NDOW employee had 1100 hours of overtime or the equivalent of 137 and one half days in one year. How many other blatant acts are being enacted in this agency? This audit is long overdue.

AB152: The Wildlife Commission is a nine member board appointed by the governor. Currently there are five members on the board who are supposed to represent sportsmen. The word sportsmen is pretty much in name only as politics and money determine who is appointed to the Commission. This is not good for the sportsmen or the natural resource. The governor is not going to give up his appointments. However there is a better way to have knowledgeable people appointed to the Commission. The members of the seventeen county boards to manage wildlife are the most knowledgeable about wildlife issues. They serve without pay because for the most part, they are dedicated to sportsmen’s issues. This bill would let the county advisory boards give a list of names to the governor when there is an opening on the Wildlife Commission for a sportsmen‘s representative. The governor still gets to make the final decision. However, it must come from a list submitted by the county board to manage wildlife. There is another part of this bill which would be to replace a sportsman with an auditor on the Wildlife Commission. This would not be a loss for sportsmen as many sportsmen’s representatives have not represented sportsmen in the past. An auditor would question why NDOW needs to buy Excursions instead of vans. An auditor might also realize income is derived from selling licenses and tags, not wild horses, tortoises, Palmer’s chipmunks and chuckwalla lizards. This proposal is nothing more than better government to which sportsmen are entitled.

AB90: Currently the director of NDOW prepares his budget and submits it to the Wildlife Commission. The Commission has no authority over the budget before it is sent to the Department of Administration. (Governor’s office) No one has the authority to make changes in this twenty one to twenty eight million dollar budget. There needs to be some checks and balances for sportsmen’s money as they fund 97 percent of this agency. The Wildlife commissioners should have to approve not just review NDOW’s budget as the law now currently states.

Bill 43-426: The OHV (off highway vehicle). (This does not have a bill number yet)

DEFEAT
We need to defeat SB130. If this bill is not defeated, NDOW will once again be in charge of the big game tag draw. When NDOW was in charge of the big game tag draw in the past, the drawings were proven to be rigged. Currently an outside firm does the draw and they have done an excellent job.

 

Write, Phone or E-mail Today!

 

To phone, use these 800 numbers: 1-800-978-2878 or 1-800-995-9080. Tell the operator which assemblyperson you wish to speak to and then have that secretary transfer you to the next assemblyperson until you have left messages for all of the assemblypeople on the Natural Resources Committee. Let them know how you feel and what wildlife bills you want passed and which ones should not become law.

To write: Nevada Assembly, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701.

Assembly Natural Resources Committee

 

AssemblymanE-Mail AddressHome phone
Jerry Claborn This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 702-437-9948
Kelvin Atkinson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 702-457-9995
Moises Denis This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 702-657-6857
Joseph Hogan This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 702-365-0505
Marilyn Kirkpatrick This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 702-655-0332
Genie Ohrenschall This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 702-384-5992
Debbie Smith This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 775-331-0897
John Carpenter This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 775-738-9861
Pete Goicochea This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 775-237-5300
Tom Grady This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 775-463-2612
John Marvel This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 775-635-9144 Fax

NOW PASS THIS ON TO OTHER HUNTERS!

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