Contact: Kent Keene, Assistant Manager, Lower Midwestern States and Agriculture Policy
- Sessions across the Lower Midwest have officially adjourned for the 2022 legislative session.
- With several victories achieved during the sessions, including the passage and defeat of key legislation, the end of the 2022 sessions represents on opportunity to reflect before preparing for 2023.
- While the victories are worth celebrating, there is more work to be done on behalf of the region’s sportsmen and women.
Why It Matters: After months of legislative work across the region, the 2022 regular sessions have adjourned in the Lower Midwest. While the sportsmen’s community is able to celebrate many victories, there is still much more work to be done as we seek to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping throughout the region.
We have once again reached the time of year where those who work on sportsmen policy issues in the Lower Midwest can take a breath. With the final states adjourning for the 2022 regular session, this represents an opportunity to reflect on the past several months, celebrate victories, and begin preparing for the next session. To celebrate some of this year’s accomplishments, below are a few of the highlights from the Lower Midwest.
- Defeat of Senate File 2312 which sought to cap the price that the Iowa DNR could pay when acquiring additional land from willing sellers in an effort to provide quality public access and opportunities.
- Passage of Senate File 2334, and subsequent signing by Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus (GSC) Member Governor Kim Reynolds, legalizing the use of .410-bore and 28-gauge shotguns during Iowa’s turkey hunting seasons.
- Passage of House Bill 2456 creating discounted lifetime hunting licenses available to youth ages 0-7 in an effort to recruit the next generation of sportsmen and women.
- Declaration of archery as the official state sport, originally introduced as HB 1672, included in the recently passed House Bill 1738 (This bill is currently awaiting signature by GSC Member Governor Mike Parson).
- Defeat of House Joint Resolution 107 which sought to make the Missouri Conservation Commission a political body.
- Defeat of Legislative Bill 1135 which threatened the long-term viability of voluntary conservation easements in the Cornhusker State
- Passage of NASC Executive Council Member and Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Co-Chair Senator Mark Allen’s Senate Bill 1571, and subsequent signing by GSC Member Governor Kevin Stitt, which authorizes the use of airbows during Oklahoma’s firearm hunting seasons and creates an airbow conservation stamp.
- Defeat of House Bill 3280 which sought to cap the amount of land that state and federal government entities could own in Oklahoma, thereby threatening opportunities to increase the availability of public lands for sportsmen and women. HB 3280 also sought to limit the length of voluntary conservation easements on private lands.
These victories would not be possible without the engagement of the sportsmen’s community throughout the region. Knowing this, we encourage you to remain actively engaged in efforts to protect and advance the activities that each of us hold dear.
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- Increase the number of states with discounted license tailored to specific groups. (6.05%)
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- Provide hands on opportunities to improve skills and knowledge. (12.97%)
- Engage youth through hunter and conservation programs in schools. (43.08%)
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