Dan Logue issued this press release:
North State Assemblyman and Chief Republican Whip Dan Logue responded to the passage of a bill to infringe on the rights of hunters. Senate Bill 1221 was approved today by the full Assembly on a party-line vote with Logue and fellow Republicans in opposition.
“I am disappointed, though not surprised, that the ruling party made the wrong decision in signing off on this terrible piece of legislation,” said Logue. “This bill poses a danger to a legitimate activity enjoyed by generations of Californians throughout the state.”
SB 1221 by State Senator Ted Lieu would prohibit the use of a dog when hunting a bear or a bobcat. Passage would also cost the state in lost revenue from the sale of hunting tags. It has been supported by a wide range of liberal groups, such as the Sierra Club or the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The debate has also generated controversy at a personal level when during the Assembly Appropriations Committee testimony for the bill on August 8th, a Senate staffer posted a pictures of opponents of the bill on his Twitter account under the tagline ‘hillbillies’.
“We are in a budget crisis – so why are bills being proposed to cut off funds from an activity people enjoy and are willing to pay for,” Logue asked. “The way the supporters of this bill conducted themselves showed an utter lack of respect and open contempt for the opinions and historic rural way of life enjoyed by generations of Californians.”
The bill now back to the state Senate for a final vote on Assembly amendments.
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