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Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is in trouble

To All CCA Members
CCA SYNOPSIS OF SSB 5127

The substitute bill passed by the Senate Natural Resources Committee neuters the Fish and Wildlife Commission’s authority and centralizes power over the commission in the Natural Resources Committee of the Senate after throwing out all of the current commission members as of January 1, 2010. Specifically the bill would do the following:

Change the number of commissioners from 9 to 7 and change their terms from 6 years to 3 years. Turn over would be so fast they would have little time to learn the complexities of the subject matter.
The Governor would appoint the Director subject to Senate confirmation. The Governor would also appoint the Chair of the Commission, who would also be subject to Senate confirmation.
All current commissioners would have their terms cease as of the end of this year and the Governor would be required to appoint all new commissioners. Those new commissioners would be subject to Senate confirmation. In one of the most insidious power grabs, any commissioner could not serve more than one year if not confirmed by the Senate. This gives the Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee absolute veto power over the Governor’s choices through a pocket veto. Failure to act on the part of the Senate now becomes a new form of passive-aggressive government.
The current power to adopt departmental rules is stripped from the commission and given to the director. The commission has no oversight powers, and is limited to having 4 meetings a year, holding “forums” (a term that is not defined in the act) and making “broad policy recommendations” to the Natural Resources Committee of the Senate (not to the Governor or to WDFW.)
In the final blow to electoral democracy, as the Senate Committee moves to repeal a voter adopted commission, it has placed an emergency clause on the bill that would prohibit voters from gathering signatures to place it on the fall ballot for a vote of the people. They have prohibited the people from having a referendum on this bill through a cheap parliamentary move. This is a bill pushed forward by a small group of Senators who wish to wrest policy decisions away from a voter mandated Commission that has been appointed by the Governor. Instead, they wish to centralize that power in one committee of the Senate in order to serve the organized commercial fishing interests. 2/26/09 08:00

Washington residents go here to respond
http://www.votervoice.net/link/target/ccapnw29500596.aspx

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Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is in trouble

It has a lot of information for many people Yes
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update on 5127

Im pleased to announce, that CCA and fishermen and hunters across the state have stopped 5127. First the substitute bill 5127 was challenged under the rules of the senate, that it went far beyond the title of the bill. The original bill which was just as bad, but 103 fewer pages, was passed in the senate and killed in the house committee.

Most of the language of 5127 was added as an amendment to HB1778 in the Senate. Since 1778 had passed in the house, the bill would have to pass in the senate and go back to the house.

The amendment was challenged on the same grounds of going beyond the title of the bill and failed to be added to the bill.

We are essentially waiting for the special session of the legislature to conclude, to make sure the legislation is not revived and passed in the dead of night.

On a more positive note, HB2266 was submitted during the session in the house and although the budget took priority, legislation that is submitted is still alive in the next session, which will be in january 2010. The legislation is designed to make legal commercial selective harvest gear in Washington state, that would allow selective harvest of hatchery fish and allow a high percentage of wild fish to be released unharmed. Currently all forms of selective gear, is illegal in washington state. Gillnetters had those forms of gear, fish wheels, traps etc made illegal in the 1930's and 40's.

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Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is in trouble

That's good info, I was not aware of this. thank you

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