House effort under way to do away with Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council
The House Legacy Committee on Friday is set to consider a proposal to eliminate the 12-member Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, which has been in place since before state citizens approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
The L-SOHC currently includes eight citizen members and four legislators who make funding recommendations each year from the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Under proposals the House committee will vote on tomorrow, money from the Outdoor Heritage Fund would be appropriated every other year, and the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council would cease to exists as currently comprised.
Instead, a so-called Legislative-Citizen Council on Outdoor Heritage would be put in place. It would include seven members of the public and 10 legislators.
A link to the proposed overhaul can be found here. It’s under the meeting documents for the meeting set for Friday, April 5, and called HF 207 A10.