If you’re a wildlife advocate, or am interested in wildlife, then you probably have heard of HB5650, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2016, and you know how important such legislation could be. Well, I learned today, that HB5650 died with other bills on Dec. 31, 2016.
That’s when the legislative session officially ended. Fear not, though. All is not lost. I reached out to Richard Heilbrun, of TPWD and received the following:
Thanks for keeping up with the initiative. On Dec 31st, all bills introduced in the 2015-2016 session expired. HB 5650 was introduced as a conversation starter in last year’s legislature and the bill sponsors (Rep. Don Young and Rep. Debbie Dingell) committed last summer to re-introduce the legislation during the 2017-2018 session this spring. We will see a new piece of legislation in the next month or 2 or 3 with identical or similar language to fund wildlife species and habitats of concern. The True to Texas Wildlife Coalition (what we have been calling the Teaming With Wildlife Coalition) puts out a newsletter to keep everyone current. If you’d like to be added to that mailing list, send them your info athttp://www.teamingtxwildlife.com/index.php/join-the-coalition
I’m always happy to answer questions and provide updates!
It’s reassuring to hear that the bill’s original authors will submit a new bill for this session. We’ll keep tabs on what’s happening and share here, on The SnK Facebook page, as well as Twitter.
We’ve gotta do everything that we can for our animal buddies.
Until next time, Peace!
Keith, the K at The SnK