A bill would create new revenue for states, tribes to protect wildlife

Arizona could receive a huge boost in wildlife conservation funding if a bill that just cleared a key hurdle in the House makes it to the president’s desk.

The measure would add $1.3 billion to existing conservation funding by amending the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, a 1930s law that generates revenue through the sales of guns, ammunition and archery equipment.

The bill represents one of the largest investments in conservation work in recent years, extending a life raft to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, which oversees the most biodiverse state in the inland U.S., and, significantly, to the wildlife agencies operated by the 22 federally recognized tribes in the state.  

Introduced in the House last spring by Reps. Debbie Dingle, D-Michigan, and Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, HR2773, known as the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, passed last month on a bipartisan vote of 231-190. The Senate has taken up a companion version of the measure.

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