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Legislative Victory for Ohio Sportsmen

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Thanks to the committed efforts of sportsmen across Ohio, a potentially devastating situation has been avoided.

House Bill 133 would have allowed the leasing of state lands for oil and gas exploration and drilling, and could have forced the Ohio Division of Wildlife to reclassify some lands it controls. DOW lands reclassified for oil and gas leasing purposes would no longer be eligible to receive funds generated through the Pittman-Robertson Act. The state could have lost millions of dollars of these conservation funds, which are generated by sportsmen-supported excise taxes on firearms and ammunition.

After countless phone calls and emails from Ohio sportsmen, the bill's sponsor agreed to change the language to protect the interests of sportsmen. The Senate approved the bill on June 15.

Improving HB 133 would not have been possible without the help of Ohio citizens who care about the future of conservation.




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