Legislation would open federal land to hunters, anglers
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.