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Legislation would open federal land to hunters, anglers

2 years 3 months 1 week ago March 12, 2015 Mar 12, 2015 Thursday, March 12 2015 March 12, 2015 12:58 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators is working on legislation that would dramatically broaden access to federal land for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.

Sens. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, and Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, have introduced legislation that would also decrease some regulations for hunters and fishers and strengthen land conservation.

A Senate committee scheduled its first hearing on the bill Thursday, with witnesses including federal officials and conservation experts.

In a partisan Congress, the legislation stands out for its lack of outspoken critics and wide political range of co-sponsors. Supporters include relatively liberal members like Heinrich and bedrock conservatives like Idaho Sen. Jim Risch.

As one Democratic co-sponsor, Heidi Heiktamp of North Dakota put it, the bill contains something for just about everyone.

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