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U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
For information about the following message, please contact:
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: (614) 888-4868 Fax: (614) 888-0326
May 9, 2008
Urgent – Action from Journalists and Outdoor Industry Required
The following is being issued on behalf of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA):
Every member of the outdoor industry needs to contact their congressman or congresswoman and respectfully request he or she become a co-sponsor of H.R. Bill 5502.
If passed, H.R. 5502 will greatly reduce the fees and bureaucratic red tape individual journalists and small media crews must pay and cut through to film on public lands in the United States.
The bill is currently in committee. (See details below)
The House Committee on Natural Resources is waiting to hear from the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of Agriculture (DOA) regarding the language of the bill. Neither DOI or DOA is in favor of changes to the existing law.
Congressional co-sponsors for the bill are vitally important. Without them, this bill could die at the committee level and the current law, which is confusing and economically unfair to journalists, will remain in effect.
Review the H.R. Bill 5502 on the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) Web site.
Contact Your Congressman/Congresswoman and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. Bill 5502.
Filming on Public Lands Bill
H.R. 5502 (“The POMA Bill”) was filed in February by Congressman Dan Boren (D-OK) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK), members of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
The bill, should it get out of committee and pass the legislature, would direct the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to create an annual permit for individual photographers or film crews of five or less who photograph on public lands. The annual permit would replace the exorbitant, arbitrary fees currently assessed for filming, photography and sound recording on public lands.
Passage of this bill will create a uniform process for working media, save the media dozens of hours of time and thousands of dollars and ensure the continued coverage of public-land opportunities and wildlife and public land-use issues.
POMA has worked closely with Representatives Boren and Young on this issue, but to ensure a positive outcome, we need your help.
For more information, contact POMA Executive Director, Laurie Lee Dovey at [email protected], 814-539-6030.
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protect the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.