Pa. hunting bill one step closer to approval

Maryland

Hunters in Pennsylvania are one step closer to lifting a ban that would allow hunting on Sundays.

The Pennsylvania Senate Game and Fisheries approved Senate Bill 147 which could legalize hunting during Sundays. According to Pennsylvania’s government website, hunting is unlawful on Sundays unless it involves foxes, crows and coyotes.

“Senate bill 147 is meant to not only lift the prohibition on Sunday hunting but also address some trespass issues,” Matt Azeles said, Sen. Dan Laughlin’s chief of staff.

Now that the legislation has jumped over this hurdle, it will now go to the floor of the Pa. Senate for voting.

SB 147 entails penalties that will enforce harsher consequences to hunters who trespass on someone’s land.

“If your land is private land then if somebody walks onto that land, they can be charged with some serious crimes,” said Azeles. “It’s monetary fines and if it continues to happen then they can lose their hunting license and possible go to jail.”

According to Laughlin’s staff, if the bill is passed on the floor, then it will have to be approved by the House of Representatives.

If voted to go through again, then Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf will have the final say to either pass or deny the legislation.

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