Around the States: ATA, Delaware, Georgia, Washington

ATA:  SCI Western State and Local Liaison Chris Tymeson travelled to Saint Louis, Missouri during the week of January 11 to attend the annual Archery Trade Association meeting.  While there, Tymeson met with industry members, agency personnel, appointed officials and non-governmental association representatives on the business of SCI.  Pictured L-R:  Marilyn Bentz, Executive Director, National Bowhunter Education Foundation and Chris Tymeson, SCI Western State and Local Liaison.

Delaware: SCI recently submitted a letter of support for House Bill 271 in Delaware that would expand Sunday hunting opportunities in Delaware. In 2016 Delaware removed restrictions related to whitetail deer hunting on Sundays, and this bill would repeal prohibitions against pursuing game birds on Sunday as well.

Georgia: Last week, SCI Eastern States and Local Liaison Bee Frederick and SCI Director-at-Large Chris Albrecht attended the annual Keeping Georgia Wild Day in Atlanta at the Capitol. SCI joined in-state conservation partners in support of hunting and angling in the Peach State and used the time to promote conservation and organizational priorities to elected officials and their staff. During the event, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, an ardent hunter, and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Walter Rabon addressed the attendees and recognized the importance of hunting, angling, and Georgia’s natural resources.

Washington:  HB 2238 has been introduced in the 2024 Regular Session of the 68thLegislature and would impose an additional eleven percent sales and use tax on ammunition in Washington State.  Similar to bills that have been introduced in the recent past in California and New York, the bill is a copycat from the anti-hunting and anti-firearm playbook.  SCI will continue to update members on the efforts to stop the bill.