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PEC submitted a letter to the House Tourism & Recreational Development Committee in support of House Bill 1694, which would expand liability protections to volunteers and organizations that help maintain and develop public recreational assets. A copy of our letter is included below.
PEC sent the following letter to the House Transportation Committee in support of House Bill 140 – bipartisan legislation that will update the PA Vehicle Code to allow communities the design flexibility to better protect bicyclists.
PEC submitted the following letter to members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly on November 16, 2020. Dear Members of the General Assembly: This week the legislature is tasked with the difficult job of finishing the state budget through the remainder of the fiscal year. One idea that has been proposed is to divert revenues from several Special Funds, including the Environmental Stewardship (“Growing Greener”) and Keystone Funds. We understand the financial challenges facing our state, but diverting revenues from these Funds will imperil jobs and projects that underpin our state’s growing recreational economy. At a time when access to recreational…
PEC was pleased to participate in a Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing today on the growth of outdoor recreation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frank Maguire, Director of Trails and Recreation, highlighted both PEC’s report on the surge in trail usage as well as the importance of the recreational economy to Pennsylvania – which itself has adapted during these unprecedented times. The hearing was particularly timely given that the General Assembly will soon be making decisions on the state budget, with potentially drastic implications for state programs that support our trails and public lands. Without question, the pandemic has underscored that…
Like humans, animals need space and the ability to move safely across it. But habitat fragmentation caused by development is disrupting wildlife migration, leading to more frequent and sometimes dangerous encounters with people — and the effects will only intensify with climate change. We discuss with supporters of a resolution, currently before the General Assembly, that calls for action to protect and support wildlife corridors in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Environmental Council · Why We Need Wildlife Corridors Links Endangered Species Coalition House Resolution 670
PEC submitted the following letter to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which will be considering HB2004 on May 5, 2020.
PEC sent the following letter to the House Transportation Committee on legislation regarding protected bike lanes.
PEC submitted the following letter to the House Game & Fisheries Committee in support of House Bill 1003, which will improve the Fish and Boat Commission’s ability to address safety and signage issues with low-head dams.
Congress has missed its last opportunity in 2018 to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a landmark conservation and recreation program that has funded projects throughout Pennsylvania and across the nation since it began in 1965. Despite strong bipartisan support, including from the Pennsylvania delegation, the Continuing Resolution passed by the Senate this week did not include LWCF. To date, Congress has already left nearly $200 million – more than $2 million per day – on the table; money that would have been made available to communities to build and enhance public recreational opportunities, and to help protect our…
PEC has sent the following communication to the Pennsylvania Senate strongly opposing a House-approved revenue package that would have devastating impact on state-funded environmental, conservation, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and community-based programs. Click here to identify your legislator and let them know you oppose these provisions. Find a synopsis of PEC’s analysis and commentary on the budget process here.   September 18, 2017 To: Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Re: State Budget Dear Senators: This week the Senate will be considering options to finalize the state budget, including legislation (House Bill 453) passed by the House last week that, if enacted, would constitute the largest…
PEC has sent the following communication to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives strongly opposing tax code and administrative code bills that would have devastating impact on state-funded environmental, conservation, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and community-based programs. Click here to identify your legislator and let them know you oppose these provisions. Find a synopsis of PEC’s analysis and commentary on the budget process here.   September 11, 2017 To: Members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Re: State Budget Votes Dear Representatives: This week the House will be considering proposals to finalize the state budget, including one from a subset of House Republicans,…
Today PEC sent the following communication to members of the General Assembly: July 21, 2017 To: Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Re: Proposed Diversion of Monies from Local Environmental Project Funds Dear Senators and Representatives: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) encourages you to oppose any budgetary revenue proposal that involves the diversion of monies from special funds that support local conservation and recreation projects, or support family farmers, in your district. Several proposals are being proposed to divert tax and fee monies from going to the Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund (Keystone Fund), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing…