Hunting rights bill progressing in Congress

News-DemocratFebruary 6, 2014 

The Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C.

AP

A bill that protects fishing, shooting and hunting rights on federal lands is pending in Congress.

Entitled the Sportsman's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, the bill:

* Protects shooting rights on Army Corps of Engineers lands.

* Allows the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to permit states to issue electronic duck stamps.

* Clarifies existing law to protect lead bullets and tackles from increased costs because of federal regulation governing hunters and fishermen.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, announced his support Wednesday for the bill.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, co-sponsored and voted for the bill Wednesday, which passed out of the House by a vote of 268-154.

U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, was one of 41 Democrats to vote for the measure.(*167*)

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