Contact: Joe Mullin, New England States Senior Coordinator
Throughout the northeast region, state legislative sportsmen's caucuses have been hard at work, preparing for the upcoming regular sessions by lining up future virtual meetings and identifying opportunities to protect and advance pro-sportsmen's policies in the state capitols. The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) has been actively engaged along the way, serving as a nexus between the region's hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping communities and their elected officials.
Several caucus discussions thus far have pertained to shoring up items for caucus infrastructure and adjusting to the ever-changing conditions brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the many hurdles that exist due to these difficult times, each and every caucus has expressed an eagerness and enthusiasm to hit the ground running in 2021.
On December 7, the Connecticut Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus convened for a virtual meeting, in order to discuss policy themes and map out virtual meetings going forward. CSF attended this meeting to begin preparations for the coming year and to discuss the upcoming virtual 17th Annual National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Sportsman-Legislator Summit. This virtual gathering set the stage for what's possible during the pandemic, and serves as a model example of the efforts that legislative sportsmen's caucuses dedicate toward protecting their state's sportsmen and women.
CSF is looking forward to the coming year and working alongside the caucuses, not only in the northeast, but across the nation.
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