There must have been a collective sigh of relief this afternoon from recreational sportsmen and their advocates
The House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources chose not to move Senate Bill 5127 to the full House for a vote.
This should put an end to the bill, the brainchild of Sen. Ken Jacobsen, who hoped to gut the state Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The proposal would have reduced the size of the commission from nine to seven members, and return the power to appoint a director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife to the governor. The bill have would reverse the current set up, as established by Referendum 45, approved by 61 percent of voters in 1995.
Frank Urabeck is an avid South Sound angler and has been monitoring the bill.
“This is one heck of victory,” he said. “There was all kinds of ramifications if they had been able to shove this through.”
Urabeck cautioned that while the conventional legislative route is closed for the bill, its backers could try to attach it to another piece of legislation.
I hope Jacobsen and other proponents have gotten the message that this issue should be dropped, now.