Thursday, March 24, 2016

Possible Changes Could be Coming to Pittsman-Roberston Act

Possible Changes Could be Coming to Pittsman-Roberston Act

On March 21, 2016 Congressman Jeff Duncan (Republican of South Carolina's 3rd district) member and Vice-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen Caucus introduced H.R. 4818.

H.R.4818 - Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow's Needs Act of 2016

To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to modernize the funding of wildlife conservation, and for other purposes.
The Pittman-Robertson Act should sound familiar. It's been a law since 1937 and every time you purchase an outdoor related product, such as arrows or your hunting license, an excise tax is added. The monies collected is divided among allocated programs such as, Hunter Education Programs. More importantly, money collected is also given to the states. In 2015 , Illinois received over $23 million from this fund. Read our post about the Pittman-Robertson Act.

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1 comment:

John O'Connell said...

To be clear, roughly $24 million (in 2015) and roughly $21 million (in 2016) have been allocated to Illinois but it is monopoly money due to the state budget issues. Without legal authority to spend any of it, the IDNR is left to watch it wash away.