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Hey gang:
The hearing on SB 702, the bill to prohibit commercial yellow perch fishing from Jan. 1 to March 20 will be held on March 15 at 1 p.m. by the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Matters Committee.
See ya'll there.
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Thanks for keeping us informed Candy
 

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1 in the afternoon on a Thursday. That's real convenient if you don't work. Skip
 

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Please don't view this post as criticism or scolding. I 've been there-done that- and just want to share my experiences about legislative hearings and the process in general.

All senate and house hearings are conducted during the day. I know it's tough on those who work but remember you can still e-mail, phone, or fax your legislators to voice your support for this bill. Often you can get much more information to them via these means. I have personally testified on many issues in Annapolis in behalf of the MSSA throughout the the years. You are lucky to get 2 minutes to talk after waiting many hours and sitting through testimony on many bills ahead of you. Just one point to remember- the senators consider over 900 bills a year and the delegates look at over 1600. It's difficult if not impossible to know everything about any issue. They rely on us- their constituents, to let them know what's going on. It takes only 10 contacts for a legislator to swing their position on a bill. Only 10! But don't allow they to rely on the other guy to do it. As Jim Donifrio, Executive Director of the RFA so eloquently puts it "Democracy is not a spectator sport". If you believe in a cause make the contacts and get your voice heard.
 

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The Maryland Legislature is only active for 3 months (mid-January - mid-April) out of the year unless a "Special Session" is called by the Gov. or voted on by Legislators. Not much time to get things done...IMHO
 

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Candy, we intend to be there. I don't know if Mike will testify or not. He did testify on the Bush River bill that failed last year.

I only hope it is not too late in the session.

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It is late, time is always the killer in Maryland, but it's never too late...Bills don't die in some rousing fit of voting in Maryland, they run out of time. There are things that could have been done differently, but that's for another day...Right now let's try to get this bill out of committee and meet the crossover dates...

Here's a good legislatative calander to refer to, you can see what we're up against here...

http://mlis.state.md.us/Other/2007SessionDates.pdf

Also, CCA's Voter Voice has been tuned up, when you enter your zip code it will automatically identify your senator. It just takes a few minutes to weigh in on this issue. It couldn't be any easier...

SB 702 is in the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. If you live in a district represented by any of the following committee members you taking the time to let your senator know that you SUPPORT SB 702 will be invaluable to getting this bill out of committee and moving. A phone call, a letter, a visit, Voter Voice at CCA's website, anything will be a big help:

You can use CCA's Voter Voice at www.ccamd.org, and access the Grassroots Action Center to pen a letter and send it to your senator. It's quick, it's painless, and it takes little time.

If your senator isn't on the committee, write them and ask for their support when it comes to a floor vote.

Here's the committee...

Joan Carter Conway, Chair (410) 841-3145, (301) 858-3145
Roy P. Dyson, Vice-Chair (410) 841-3673, (301) 858-3673
Gwendolyn T. Britt
Richard F. Colburn
Janet Greenip
Andrew P. Harris
J. Robert Hooper
Michael G. Lenett
Paul G. Pinsky
James C. Rosapepe
Robert A. Zirkin
Staff: Sara C. Fidler; Ryane M. Necessary.

Miller Senate Office Building, 2 West Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401 - 1991
(410) 841-3661, (301) 858-3661
e-mail: [email protected]
fax: (410) 841-3957, (301) 858-3957

These folks in Annapolis represent you, they want to hear from you.
 

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Oh, and one last thing...

DNR has been actively trying to derail this effort by advancing the ludicrous notion that the new DNR team shouldn't be "broadsided" by a piece of legislation that usurps their regulatory authority, because, as they explain, all "good" conservation measures really emerge from a knowledgable department such as themselves rather than the legislature which, if you were to listen to them, doesn't have the sense that God gave seafood...

Let's get something straight here...

DNR has had EIGHT YEARS to take steps, ANY STEPS, to alleviate this yellow perch situation and has elected to do nothing EXCEPT open more rivers to commercial exploitation...And that includes the new incoming secretary who was present in the early years of this perch battle. He of all people can not claim to be broadsided by anything, he confronted this issue before.

That's it! That's their good conservation measures...

That is precisely why this bill is before the legislature now...

And that is precisely why this bill is indicitive a larger systemic fisheries management problem within DNR...

They need to change their management priorities to reflect a changing Bay and a changing stakeholder demographic. The future of the Chesapeake Bay is not commercial fishing, not in the kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out style of the 1950's...

The legislature is the court of last resort because DNR will not do their job and conditions continue to decline.
 

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Oh, and one last thing...

DNR has been actively trying to derail this effort by advancing the ludicrous notion that the new DNR team shouldn't be "broadsided" by a piece of legislation that usurps their regulatory authority, because, as they explain, all "good" conservation measures really emerge from a knowledgable department such as themselves rather than the legislature which, if you were to listen to them, doesn't have the sense that God gave seafood...

Let's get something straight here...

DNR has had EIGHT YEARS to take steps, ANY STEPS, to alleviate this yellow perch situation and has elected to do nothing EXCEPT open more rivers to commercial exploitation...And that includes the new incoming secretary who was present in the early years of this perch battle. He of all people can not claim to be broadsided by anything, he confronted this issue before.

That's it! That's their good conservation measures...

That is precisely why this bill is before the legislature now...

And that is precisely why this bill is indicitive a larger systemic fisheries management problem within DNR...

They need to change their management priorities to reflect a changing Bay and a changing stakeholder demographic. The future of the Chesapeake Bay is not commercial fishing, not in the kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out style of the 1950's...

The legislature is the court of last resort because DNR will not do their job and conditions continue to decline.
...I do not take issue with this bill, but take issue with some of the statements made above. Giving the MD DNR a chance to manage the resources without being restricted by the legislature is a great thing. The duties of the MD DNR are tough alone, let alone having to run every little thing through Envinormental matters. DNR is underfunded and undermaned, yet everytime something does not go ones' way, it is the DNRs' fault. IF the CCA is truely interested in protecting the resources, they should be lobbying to provide more funding to the DNR and NRP so that they can enforce the laws, nd throwing flames to the Legislature when they cut the DNRs' budget every year (most people on here make (individually) more a year than the DNR gets from the general fund)........what good are they if the can't be inforced. The legislature can be your best friend, as in this case, but it can also be your worst enemy........and when this bill fails (which it will), who are you gonna blame then? Probably the legislature.:confused:

....I think it is in poor taste to throw the DNR "under the bus", as you did in the statements above. JMO
 

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...I do not take issue with this bill, but take issue with some of the statements made above. Giving the MD DNR a chance to manage the resources without being restricted by the legislature is a great thing. The duties of the MD DNR are tough alone, let alone having to run every little thing through Envinormental matters. DNR is underfunded and undermaned, yet everytime something does not go ones' way, it is the DNRs' fault. Ig the CCA is truely interested in protecting the resources, they should lobbying to provide more funding to the DNR and NRP so that they can enforce the laws........what good are they if the can't be inforced. The legislature can be your best friend, as in this case, but it can also be your worst enemy........and when this bill fails (which it will), who are you gonna blame then? Probably the legislature.:confused:
If this bill fails we'll come back and do it all over again next year, and the year after that, and the year after that...Until one of two things happens; Either DNR does their job, or the bill passes. Funding isn't the panacea for institutional paralysis...

After eight years of DNR inactivity it will be a cakewalk...
 

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What do you want DNR to do? Please explain......and where was the CCA everytime they're budget got slashed again....and again....and the next year...and the year after that?
 

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They can get out of the way of this bill for starters.

They can stop lobbying and start managing fisheries, although they have demonstrated more acumen at the former rather than the latter as of late...

That might help their funding issue when the inevitable request for a boost in rec fees comes up as it undoubtedly will. One would have to ask why would the recs support a fee increase when all they see from the DNR Fisheries group is more of the same?
 

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....It makes no sense to me, to call to arms your members and start a fight with your best friend....the DNR. Help them, help you.....stop playing both sides of the fence...........you think Barbara Frosh cares about you, Chumbucket? She's to busy trying to give illegal immigrants drivers licenses and telling landowners in Western Maryland that bears in they're backyards on they're childrens' playgrounds are cute.
 

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Best Quote of the year

--Chum-----You've surpassed all my expectaions--QUOTE " Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out "--One of my Favorites--geo.
 

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....the CCA should make a call to the MDWFA (Maryland waterfowlers assoc.) and see what working WITH the DNR can accomplish....as opposed to working against them.....bet you never thought we'd ever be able to hunt on Sundays...huh??? The DNR are people just like you and I..............and want the same thing. I'd like for you to tell me, in detail, what you'd like the DNR to do, besides step out of the way. You want them to provide all the scientific research and enforcement, but step out of the way???
 

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.....imagine trying to balance a delicate situation, like the likes of a very productive and lucrative recreational fishery like we have here in MD, with a very productive and lucrative commercial fishery we also have in Maryland..........and finding that the DNR is just the middle man, trying to do the best job they can with pennies. The first thing you need to do is lose the agression you have for commercial watermen......they are people just like you as well, and it was probably a waterman/women that held the door for you and your wife at 7 eleven last week.....but if that isn't possible, keep the agression towards the commercial and not the DNR.....agin, they're just the middleman doing the best they can.
 
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