Senate Democrats

Senate Committee Okays Reid, Ensign Bill to Protect Hunting and Fishing Rights

Washington, D.C. – A bill by U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign that would protect Nevada’s right to regulate its own hunting and fishing has passed a Senate Committee.

The bill would allow Nevada, and other states, to distinguish between residents and non-residents when issuing hunting and fishing licenses. States have traditionally regulated all hunting and fishing within their borders, but a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals questioned how states can allocate hunting tags for residents and non-residents.

“Nevada sportsmen work hard to enhance the fish and wildlife habitat in Nevada,” said Reid. “Nevada’s hunting and fishing groups are actively involved in local, non-profit conservation efforts. They also support conservation through taxes and fees. Nevadans invest in conserving our fish and game resources, and they should be rewarded for their efforts.”

“This is a states’ rights issue that should not be subject to federal interference,” Senator Ensign said. “Nevada’s incredible wildlife resources make it a natural attraction for hunters and fisherman, and our state has managed its recreational programs to the benefit of all Nevadans. That is how it should continue to be.”

Reid and Ensign’s bill would reaffirm the long-standing right of states to make decisions about tag limits and licenses. The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today, and now goes to the full Senate for approval.