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#3105339 - 01/01/13 11:24 PM Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees
Monty
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There's a proposal in the House Speaker's Office to merge Agriculture and Conservation & Environment Committees with the Chairman coming from Ag. I've been told this merger is to level out the workload - apparently Ag hasn't had a lot of Bills to work on lately, but C&E has had a LOT (most of which were pretty lame to begin with, IMO - and kept getting rolled from one hearing to another, to another, to ...). At the same time, there's a move afoot to limit Reps to filing just 10 Bills to cut down on the workload and wasted time.

Folks I've talked with about this merger proposal do not support it at present - concerns center around when there's a conflict between what Ag wants for commerce and C&E wants for wildlife, Ag wins. This could be a major problem when the w-t deer ranching bill gets filed again this Session (I'm guessing it'll resurface). As sportsmen and sportswomen, we should be very careful that our fish and wildlife interests are not relegated to a lesser level of importance than what currently exists.

Speaker Harwell has readily agreed to meet with a couple of us this Thur to hear our concerns. Hopefully, we'll have a better idea re: the situation afterwards. Stay tuned.
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#3105478 - 01/02/13 06:32 AM Re: Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees [Re: Monty]
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Keep us posted and up to date and thanks.
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#3105552 - 01/02/13 07:42 AM Re: Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees [Re: bowriter]
Andy S.
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Thanks for the heads up Monty, keep us in the loop.
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#3105864 - 01/02/13 12:22 PM Re: Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees [Re: Andy S.]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: Andy S.
Thanks for the heads up Monty, keep us in the loop.

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#3105982 - 01/02/13 01:22 PM Re: Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees [Re: Wes Parrish]
Doskil
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They have merged agriculture and natural resources committee in the North Carolina legislature.

It hasn't been that big of a deal.

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#3106039 - 01/02/13 02:06 PM Re: Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees [Re: Doskil]
Diehard Hunter
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 Originally Posted By: Doskil
They have merged agriculture and natural resources committee in the North Carolina legislature.

It hasn't been that big of a deal.



That might be one reason North Carolina allows deer farming. That could be a big deal!
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#3106044 - 01/02/13 02:11 PM Re: Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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Thanks Monty.

Anything that reduces the voice of hunters and fishermen in the state legislature should be avoided.
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#3106297 - 01/02/13 05:12 PM Re: Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees [Re: Doskil]
Monty
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 Originally Posted By: Doskil
They have merged agriculture and natural resources committee in the North Carolina legislature.

It hasn't been that big of a deal.


Glad it's worked okay in NC, so far. I've worked with over half of the states' game & fish/wildlife agencies across the U.S., and one thing I've learned is they are all different when it comes to political issues and interventions. What might work, at least for the time being, in one state very well may not work well in an adjacent state.
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#3107149 - 01/03/13 06:59 AM Re: Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees [Re: Monty]
Hawk
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That will not do.
Wonder which farm lobby proposed this.
;\)

Keep us informed Monty.
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#3132651 - 01/21/13 06:52 AM Re: Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees [Re: Monty]
Hawk
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Any updates Monty?

Hope you will be at the Vous.
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#3133546 - 01/21/13 07:00 PM Re: Proposed Merger of House Conserv and Ag Committees [Re: Diehard Hunter]
Doskil
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 Originally Posted By: Diehard Hunter
 Originally Posted By: Doskil
They have merged agriculture and natural resources committee in the North Carolina legislature.

It hasn't been that big of a deal.



That might be one reason North Carolina allows deer farming. That could be a big deal!



There is not much in the way of deer farming in NC and I believe the only species you can farm deer with are red deer and fallow deer for meat and for meat only.

As I understand it it is illegal still to import any new deer into North Carolina due to CWD. NC even blocked extra elk to be released into the Great Smokies due to CWD and other diseases.

I should also mention you have the same legislators no matter what committees you have.

Whether they vote on deer farming in the wildlife committee or agriculture committee makes no difference I would think?

They are going to be lobbied pro and con either way.


Edited by Doskil (01/21/13 07:08 PM)

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