HOFNOD Passes NJ Assembly Appropriations Committee

Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs Program
Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs Program

Belmar, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- Hooked on Fishing not on Drugs (A638), a bill that the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance has made a priority to become law was unanimously approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

NJOA (CF) council members present at the hearing and testifying in favor of the bill were New Jersey Outdoor Alliance and Jersey Coast Anglers Association. Various education organizations also supported the bill.

Assembly Appropriation Committee members:

  • Burzichelli, John J. – Chair
  • Barnes, Peter J. – Vice-Chair
  • Casagrande, Caroline
  • Conaway, Herb
  • DiMaio, John
  • Lampitt, Pamela R.
  • McHose, Alison Littell
  • Prieto, Vincent
  • Spencer, L. Grace

Bill sponsors:

  • Rumpf, Brian E. as Primary Sponsor
  • Conaway, Herb, Jr. as Primary Sponsor
  • Gove, DiAnne C. as Primary Sponsor
  • Albano, Nelson T. as Primary Sponsor
  • Wolfe, David W. as Co-Sponsor
  • Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. as Co-Sponsor
  • McHose, Alison Littell as Co-Sponsor
  • Moriarty, Paul D. as Co-Sponsor
  • Chiusano, Gary R. as Co-Sponsor
  • Rumana, Scott T. as Co-Sponsor
  • Peterson, Erik as Co-Sponsor
  • Burzichelli, John J. as Co-Sponsor
  • Coutinho, Albert as Co-Sponsor
  • Casagrande, Caroline as Co-Sponsor

Bill A638 (HOFNOD) would establish a program within the Division of Fish and Wildlife to encourage children to avoid drug use. HOFNOD is a nationally recognized program developed by the Future Fisherman Foundation which has operated successfully in over a dozen states.

The program’s funding source would be the Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Fund (DEDRF) from which there would be a $200,000 appropriation to support the cost of implementing the program. This is a statutory account established to receive fines and penalties from convicted drug offenders that are used to support State authorized drug and alcohol abuse abatement programs.

Ed Markowski, President of NJOA (EP) and a long-time champion of the bill said, “HOFNOD has a proven track record of preventing drug use by our youth. It is as effective with kids living in cities as it is with kids living in suburbia and rural settings. HOFNOD not only teaches an appreciation for conservation of natural resources, wildlife and the outdoors, but helps to develop positive life skills for school age children.”

The legislation must now be heard by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and then passed by the full Assembly and full Senate so it can be sent to Governor Christie and signed into law.

Anthony P. Mauro
Sr. Chairman,
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: “We’ve got your back!”

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