(Greg Clarke) – As a conservative taxpayer, myself and other conservative citizens voted for conservative state representatives whom we expected to support less government and fewer taxes. Some of our representatives are more concerned with personal issues instead of focusing on stopping a $1.2 billion tax increase and reducing government. Several of my fellow conservatives are seriously considering our positions based primarily on AB 142 introduced by Ira Hansen and SB 235 introduced by Pete Goicoechea.
SB 235 is about wild horses and their status as wildlife. Pete Goicoechea has introduced a bill that would effectively eliminate them as wildlife to block them from water in the range. This bill is essentially the same bill that was introduced a couple of years ago by essentially the same people. The wording is modified so as not to appear so egregious. This time around, it is the “wildlife” managed by NDOW and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, therefore, bypassing the federally managed horses. However, the intent is the same, to deny water sources to wild horses and burros. With the recent designation of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and the discovery of native horse fossils from the last ice age right here in Nevada, horses and burros should be designated as a returned native species and deserved protection in Nevada, as well as federal law.
AB 142 is about switching the power to revoke a trapping license from the Wildlife Commission to a court of law. This bill was introduced by an individual who has a vested interest in bypassing NDOW because of his past conflicts with the agency. We already have an agency in place, namely The Department of Wildlife Commission that is charged with revoking a trapping license. Putting this in the hands of the courts, as suggested in this bill, would lead to a much longer period for resolution and justice. NDOW is comprised of hunters, fishermen and trappers who well know the laws governing these issues. Judges in a court system do not.
Our court system is already operating under a huge backlog; we don’t need to bog it down further with petty complaints from hunters, fishermen and trappers. They can abide by the rules already set down and use existing channels for recourse.
We would prefer these two bills receive a resounding NO and the senator and assemblyman involved focus their attention on tax and government reduction.
Greg Clarke is Technical Director of Functional Specifications of FXA Group, and founder of Creative Computer Solutions (CCS).