Push to veto SB 1148

capitolInyo and Mono County governments and former Mono Senator Dave Cogdill will not give up the fight to defeat Sentae Bill 1148. Cogdill, an experienced legislator who fought to protect hatcheries and fishing, created Assembly Bill 7 to do the job. He says Fish and Game has never tried to follow that law and should before they hand over more money and jobs to wild trout programs.

In a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Cogdill says that SB 1148 “reprioritizes the mission at Fish and Game such that wild and native trout programs take priority over hatchery operations.” Cogdill tells the Governor that local elected officials of small towns rely on recreational fishing and agree that the shift in SB 1148 will “permanently and negatively impact hatcheries and sport fishing in stocked waters.” Cogdill says the bill will also expand bureaucracy and costs by an estimated tens of millions of dollars. He says that will mean much higher fishing license fees.

Analyses of SB 1148, while they remain absent of many details, do repeatedly mention wild trout programs and needs. Cogdill and others say this will point Fish and Game away from hatcheries and toward wild trout priorities. Cogdill says in his letter to the Governor that anglers deserve positive fishing experiences for their license fees and not just the “wealthy engaging in fly fishing of the state’s native trout.”

Cogdill then tells the Governor that Fish and Game has failed for seven years to implement the goals of Assembly Bill 7 which addresses trout. He accuses Fish and Game of syphoning off 30% of the hatchery and fishery funds and unlawfully redirecting $1.8 million of license fees. Follow AB 7, says Cogdill, before you change a system that has worked for decades.

Cogdill said he will attend the Mono Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, September 11 with more on this issue. Meanwhile, Inyo Supervisors sent a letter to the Governor with a plea for his veto. Their letter points to the same concerns Cogdill raises. The letter ends with this:

“Please VETO SB 1148 and protect AB 7 to safeguard and sustain the tourist fishing industry in Inyo County and throughout the State for the benefit of all of our fishermen, our angling tourists, our businesses, the State and local economies, and most importantly our citizens and constituency.”


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7 Responses to Push to veto SB 1148

  1. Trouble September 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    Benett- I would really like to hear why Senator Cogdill was awarded Cal-Trouts Golden Trout award in 2006. It really makes it hard for me to know where this guy is coming from. He does seem to be fighting them now.

    • Benett Kessler September 10, 2012 at 8:41 am #

      Back then Mr. Cogdill was working with CalTrout for passage of Assembly Bill 7 which did represent CalTrout native trout interests as well as protection of the hatchery program. So, that’s not inconceivable. I’ll see if there is more on that.

  2. Big AL September 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    As I said before … politicians and business men are strange bed fellows.

    • In-your-face-corruption September 11, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      Tell that to Tim Alpers, Big Al.
      Of course, since Alpers has absolutely nothing to do with the fish industry now, he’ll be devoting his community service gig as politician and other non-business issues.
      (hysterical laughter)

  3. Trouble September 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    I agree Big Al. This one really confuses me and may will effect my fishing abilities. That’s personal.

    • go with the flow September 12, 2012 at 10:11 am #

      Learn to roll with it, “Trouble.”
      It’ll be less trouble for you.

  4. Big AL September 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Well you can learn to roll with it .. or give them trouble by objecting to something you agree with, or feel is fishy and you don’t feel you can look the other way. Usually though, these things get put through even when it is found to be not right.
    A lot of Cal trout people have way much more money than we do trouble.


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