Contact: Joe Mullin, Assistant Manager, Northeastern States
On February 9, the Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hosted a virtual working meeting to welcome new and returning members, discuss plans for the year ahead, and raise current and future policy priorities.
The gathering began with an introduction by Caucus Co-Chairs Senator Anne Gobi and Representative David Vieira, who thanked the attendees for their participation in an event that would typically have been held in-person. The Co-Chairs outlined their excitement for hosting future events, highlighting some possible gatherings down the road, following a resolution to the ongoing pandemic.
The agenda then turned to a discussion on policy. The Caucus Co-Chairs remarked on the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Act, a piece of pro-sportsmen’s legislation that is expecting a filing in the not-so-distant future. Following this, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s (CSF) Assistant Manager, Northeastern States, Joseph Mullin, provided the Caucus with a brief presentation on the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses, while also highlighting current sportsmen’s priorities, such as MassWildlife’s funding structure, and those that are expected, such as authorizations for Sunday hunting and crossbow use.
CSF looks forward to continuing its work alongside the Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chairs and members on protecting and advancing pro-sportsmen’s policies in the Bay State.
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