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Natural Resources

POLLINATOR HEALTH

honeybeeHoneybees and other pollinators are vital to ecological health and stability, the food system and our national economy. Given the dependence on pollinators for crop production, reduced pollinator populations are an important and growing concern for state legislatures.

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STATE RIGHT TO HUNT AND FISH

hunt and fishEighteen states currently guarantee the right to hunt and fish in their constitutions, with 17 of those approved via the voters. NCSL tracks the latest developments in the states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY HUNTING - STATE LEGISLATION

hunter and dogBans or other restrictions on hunting or taking of wildlife on Sundays exist in 11 states. Some exceptions can include certain types of games or hunting on private land.

 

 

DATABASE

Database Browse the Energy and Environment Legislation Tracking Database to learn about what measures legislatures have considered over the past few years.

 

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OVERVIEW | NATURAL RESOURCES

Conserving and using natural resources in a balanced manner that provides environmental and public health, recreational and economic benefit is one of the largest challenges state lawmakers face.  States are working on a wide variety of natural resource issues, including protecting watersheds, managing wildlife, providing hunting and fishing opportunities, protecting forests and operating state parks.

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  • State Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish

    Currently in 2015, 9 states - Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Texas – are debating bills that would add a constitutional right to hunt and fish. West Virginia considered two bills, but they both failed.

  • Private Drinking Water Systems Webinar

    This webinar explores unregulated,private water systems, which provide drinking water to almost 15% of the U.S. population and can be laced with contaminants that are routinely filtered out of regulated public drinking water systems.

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