Governor’s desk next stop for Brewster’s proposal

Harrisburg – July 1, 2014 – A proposal authored by state Sen. Jim Brewster that calls for the development of a Pennsylvania Hunting Heritage license plate has been unanimously adopted by the Senate, Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said.

The bill, which was previously amended into related legislation and approved in both the state House and Senate, will now go to the governor for approval.

“It is important to recognize hunters and their heritage and I am pleased that the proposal worked its way through the General Assembly and will now go to the governor’s desk for approval,” Brewster said. “There are more than one million hunters in Pennsylvania and many of those sportsmen may be interested in a hunting heritage plate.”

Brewster introduced his measure early in this session and it was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on June 13, 2013.

The legislation requires that the Game Commission be consulted in the development of a Pennsylvania Hunting Heritage Registration Plate and a fee will be charged for ordering the plate.

The legislation specifies that one-third of the proceeds from the fee be allocated to nonprofits that coordinate the distribution of donated deer and wild game to food banks. The other two-thirds of the proceeds will be used as grants to sportsmen’s clubs to promote sport hunting, youth hunter education and the replenishment of game species.

Brewster introduced his legislation, Senate Bill 773, early in the legislative session and it was incorporated into Senate Bill 1187.The language in Brewster’s bill was amended into legislation that would establish a license plate for recipients of the Combat Infantry Badge.

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