The Senate has locked in an agreement to complete action on the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525). On Monday, November 26, the Senate will hold two votes on S. 3525. The first vote will be on whether to waive the Budget Control Act and will require a 60-vote threshold to pass. The second vote will be on final passage of S. 3525 as amended by a consensus, substitute amendment from Senator Tester. On November 15, leaders agreed that no amendments would be offered to the bill.
Introduced by Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Co-Chair Senator Jon Tester, S. 3525 is a historic package of pro-sportsmen’s legislation that has strong support from the sportsmen’s community, including the 46 organizations representing millions of hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts that signed onto a November 1 letter expressing their appreciation for the Senate’s bipartisan vote to move forward with S. 3525 in the “lame duck” session. (Click here for a full description). In April, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089) was passed by the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 276 to 146. If S. 3525 is passed, it will then move to the House.
Eventual passage of this unprecedented pro-sportsmen's legislation will promote, protect and advance our nation's hunting, shooting and conservation heritage for generations to come. CSF will keep you apprised as this process moves forward.
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- Increase the price of hunting and fishing licenses, tags, permits or stamps (0.00%)
- Create new species-specific stamps (e.g. trout stamp) (9.52%)
- Implement a conservation stamp for non-consumptive users (e.g. hikers, bikers, birdwatchers, etc.) that use state-owned lands (38.10%)
- Adopt a Conservation Sales Tax at the state level on all taxable goods, with the funds allocated for conservation projects (14.29%)
- Adopt a Dedicated Sales Tax on Outdoor Goods (a state-level tax on outdoor goods similar to the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs) (19.05%)
- The creation of non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for state wildlife agencies (19.05%)