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*)