Bow Perimeter Vote by District 12 Disappoints NJ Conservationists
Sounds like representatives need some phone calls to remind them they need to support conservation and hunting…AmmoLand.com
Belmar NJ –-(AmmoLand.com)- State representatives in District 12 acted as a voting bloc and voted “NO” on companion bills S1181 and A1683 (Bow Perimeter change) to the disappointment of New Jersey conservationists.
In a June 30, 2010 Asbury Park Press article District 12 legislators contend that the proposed bow perimeter change was “too tight for densely populated areas.” However, each district surrounding District 12 with similar populated areas voted unanimously in bi-partisan support for the bill.
The vote by District 12 representatives Sen Beck, Asm O'Scanlon and Asw Casagrande is especially noteworthy since it is documented that anglers, hunters and conservationists were largely credited with helping them unseat incumbent animal activists in 2007.
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, chairman, Anthony P Mauro Sr, expressed his disappointment with their votes, “With all due respect to our District 12 legislators, why they would use safety or being “too tight for areas” as a reason for not voting for the bow perimeter bill remains a mystery. There is absolutely no history of bow accidents on which to make claims of safety concerns. In fact, nearby Connecticut has no safety perimeter and Pennsylvania has a 150′ perimeter, the same as proposed in this new bill.”
Mauro continued, “Not only do the facts prove that safety is a non-issue, every legislative district bordering District 12 voted unanimously in favor of the bill and these affirmative votes crossed party lines. The outdoorsman, outdoorswomen, and all conservationists of New Jersey have reason to question the position of District 12 representatives with respect to the bill. As for the surrounding districts, we appreciate their support for New Jersey's conservation initiatives.”
The bill is designed provide access to habituated deer, which will improve forest health, reduce deer/car collisions, minimize the spread of Lyme disease and assist in providing food for hunters, their families and donations of venison to people in need.
The tally of votes for District 12 and surrounding districts is included below. The Bow Perimeter bill passed the assembly 61 – 10 and the senate 25 – 7. There were also legislators that did not vote. The bill is now awaiting the Governor's signature.
People may contact District 12 by calling: 732-933-1591
Sen Beck (R) Vote NO
Asm O'Scanlon (R) Vote NO
Asw Casagrande (R) Vote NO
Asw Greenstien (D) Vote YES
Asm DeAngelo (D) Vote YES
Sen Goodwin (R) Vote YES
Asw Amy Handlin (R) Vote YES
Asm Tompson (R) Vote YES
Sen Kryllos (R) Vote YES
Asw Angilini (R) Vote YES
Asm Riley (R) Vote YES
Sen Keane (R) Vote YES
Asm Dancer (R) Vote YES
Asm Malone (R) Vote YES
Sen Singer (R) Vote YES
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