After the California State Senate originally voted through controversial state Assembly Bill 3030 to the Senate Appropriations Committee, the bill was set to be voted on again on Thursday. It didn’t happen.
Here’s more reaction from our friends at the Coastal Conservation Association of California, which like many of sportfishing and hunting groups, were opposed to the unspecific nature of AB3030’s plans to “protect” the state’s waters and lands:
Committee Takes No Action on AB3030
The California Senate Appropriations Committee has adjourned without taking action on Assembly Bill 3030, placing the bill on hold in committee for the rest of the current Senate session. Consequently, AB 3030 will not move to the California Senate floor for a vote this year.
“Unfortunately for the bill’s sponsors, they were unwilling to work with us in good faith on our suggested amendments,” said Wayne Kotow, Executive Director the Coastal Conservation Association of California (CCA CAL), which has led the sportfishing community’s opposition to AB 3030.
“We repeatedly offered substantive changes that we believe would have helped make AB 3030 much more palatable to the California sportfishing community,” said Marc Gorelnik, President of Coastside Fishing Club and Chairman of the CCA CAL Government Relations Committee.
Director Kotow, along with other members of the sportfishing community and coalition partners, testified remotely before the Senate Appropriations Committee in opposition to AB 3030 as it is currently written.
Though AB 3030 has been placed on hold for this session, its sponsors will likely attempt to resurrect the bill next year, Kotow notes. “We hope in the next go-around, the sponsors will see fit to work with stakeholders such as the sportfishing community and others to help ensure that the language in the bill is something we all can accept,” he said.
Director Kotow also expressed thanks to the thousands of anglers who visited ccacalifornia.org to send Voter Voice letters to their state senators, sign the CCA CAL petition and contribute funds to CCA Cal to help defeat AB3030. “We could not have done this without the immense support of the sportfishing community, fishing clubs and Facebook fishing groups. For that we are deeply thankful,” he said.
“We are also incredibly grateful for the efforts of our many coalition and industry partners,” Kotow said. “This includes the American Sportfishing Association, Center for Sportfishing Policy, Congressional Sportsmen Foundation, Keep America Fishing, National Marine Manufacturers
Association, Sportfishing Association of California, and Recreational Boaters of California, not to
mention CCA National.
“We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to our steadfast partners in the shooting sports, offroad, farming and real estate industries, as well as many California water districts,” he added.
Kotow also added perspective to CCA CAL’s effort on this issue. “It is vital to remember that the sportfishing community is not against conservation, biodiversity, or clean ecosystems,” he pointed out.
“CCA CAL agrees that climate change needs to be addressed along with issues of ocean acidification, and water and air pollution. But as we explained to the sponsors, we don’t see how this bill addresses those issues.”