Kortz issues statement on passage of bill to allow Sunday hunting in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, has issued the following statement regarding S.B. 147, also known as the Sunday hunting bill. The measure was reported out of committee by a vote of 21 to 4 and will head to the House for further action:

“I’m very pleased we were able to get this bill through committee today, which included my amendment that specified hunters must get written permission in order to hunt on private property.

"This bill would provide hunting on three Sundays – one during rifle season, one during archery season, and one Sunday to be determined by the state game commission.

"This ban has been in effect for 337 years, a holdover from British rule. We are one of only three states where such a ban is the law of the land. It’s time for our state to move forward.

"For some people, the only time they have for hunting is on Sundays. There are a lot of people who are in that same boat and they deserve the opportunity to hunt and spend time outdoors.

"I feel we have a good shot of getting this through the House and I’m very encouraged by today’s vote.”