Sportsmen’s Act – Frequently Asked Questions

477323_ml-300x205What is the Sportsmen’s Act?
The Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 is an omnibus bill that seeks to expand access to, and opportunities for, hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting. From crossbows to sinkers, from camera crews to polar bears, it has something for everyone.

What is an omnibus bill?
An omnibus bill is a proposed law that covers a number of diverse topics. As a single document, it can be voted into law with a single vote.

Has the Sportsmen’s Act come up before?
Yes. Two similar bills were introduced previously but they got caught up in party politics and weren’t passed. Since this version has bipartisan support, we hope the third time is the charm.

Is the Sportsmen’s Act good for fishermen?
Very much so. The Sportsmen’s Act touches on a wide variety of outdoor activities but there are four proposals that will definitely help fishermen.

What’s missing from the bill?
Though strong, the bill could benefit from boosting fisheries and habitat conservation, which Congress is considering by adding the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act and the Defending Our Great Lakes Act.

Where does the bill currently stand?
The House and Senate have each passed their own versions of the bill.  However, they are not identical.  The next step is for the House and Senate to meet in a conference committee and reconcile the differences between the two bills.


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