Both were drafted in response to bills under consideration by state legislators
HARRISBURG, Pa., May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners at a board working group meeting Monday drafted and approved two resolutions in response to legislation that would change the way the agency conducts business.
The first resolution confirms the Board of Game Commissioners' opposition to any attempt to merge the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and notes it's a message the board wished to convey to the chairmen of both the state House and Senate Game and Fisheries committees.
The Board of Game Commissioners noted the Pennsylvania Game Commission is an independent agency charged with regulating and protecting wildlife within the state's borders and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is an independent agency charged with regulating and protecting the state's fisheries. "We affirm our commitment to the status of the two independent agencies and that they remain independent with their ability to focus on their primary responsibilities," the resolution stated.
The second resolution announced the Board of Game Commissioners' opposition to reducing the term of game commissioners from eight to four years. The Board of Game Commissioners is comprised of eight commissioners who serve a single eight-year term.
The resolution noted a majority of commissioners believe it "takes a new Commissioner several years to understand the broad scope of this complex agency." Consequently, the commissioners do not support the reduction in the term of commissioners. The Board of Game Commissioners also wished to convey this message to the chairmen of the House and Senate Game and Fisheries committees.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Game Commission