CA SB1221 Moves Another Step Closer To Law

CHC, Bear Hunting Magazine

California’s houndsmen lost the latest battle to be able to use their dogs to hunt bears and bobcats following today's vote by the California Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife.

Many had hoped the bill’s failure to pass last week was a sign that the bill had lost enough votes to pass. But they voted 8-4 to pass the bill. The bill passed the California Senate in May by a vote of 22-15.

A small compromise had the bill amended slightly by allowing the state Fish and Game Commission to revisit the prohibition if there is a four-fifths vote by the Commission which is unlikely given the current make-up of the Fish and Game Commissions.

Committee members voting today to pass S.B. 1221 were Chairman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, Assemblymembers Bob Blumenfield, D-San Fernando Valley, Nora Campos, D-San Jose, Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, Mike Gatto, D-Burbank, Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, Ricardo Lara, D-South Gate and Mariko Yamada, D-Davis.

Voting against S.B. 1221 were Assemblymembers Linda Halderman, R-Fresno, Bill Berryhill, R-Stockton, Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, and Brian W. Jones, R-Santee.

It now moves on to the Appropriations Committee hearing in early August.

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