Contact: Brent Miller, Senior Director, Northeastern States and States Program Director
On December 17, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Co-Chair of the bipartisan Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus, held a ceremonial bill signing for S. 147 in Harrisburg, PA.
As previously reported by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), S. 147 is landmark legislation in the Keystone State, which eliminates some of the restrictions on Sunday hunting which had been in place for more than three centuries.
Joining Gov. Wolf at the bill signing were bill sponsors and Co-Chairs of the bipartisan and bicameral Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, Senators Dan Laughlin and Jim Brewster. Several other Caucus members who were instrumental to the bill’s passage and ardent supporters of Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania also attended the bill signing, including Rep. Bill Kortz – the Democratic Chair of the Pennsylvania House Game and Fisheries Committee, where some of the final hurdles before bill passage were overcome.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will be adopting regulations to implement Sunday hunting for the 2020 hunting seasons in the near future.
First Row (left to right): Senator Jim Brewster, PA Caucus Co-Chair; Gov. Tom Wolf, GSC Co-Chair; Sen. Dan Laughlin, PA Caucus Co-Chair
Back Row: Rep. Bill Kortz, PA Caucus Member
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