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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

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Pennsylvania groups oppose loss of $150 million from PGC Game Fund

Derek Eberly, director of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing, and Conservation, said it is council’s view the transfer from the Game Fund will not only result in both a net funding loss for conservation in Pennsylvania, but also set a dangerous precedent for conservation funding in the state and much of the country.

An amendment calling for the transfer of $150 million from the Pennsylvania Game Commission coffers has sparked opposition from numerous hunting and conservation organizations. 

On Aug. 30, the state Senate passed House Bill 1300 which includes an  amendment to transfer $150 million from the agency’s Game Fund to the state’s Clean Streams Fund, along with risking the Game Commission’s eligibility for Pittman-Robertson funding. If passed by the House and signed into law, the bill would also require the Game Commission to pay taxes on its 1.5 million acres of game lands – a cost the agency said would be significant.

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