Monday, May 30, 2016

Coalition of CT Sportsmen - "The History of Memorial Day" - Legislaton

The History of Memorial Day

Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.
During that first national celebration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
- James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

Freedom Is Not Free  - Kelly Strong

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

“We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address


LEGISLATION:


HB-5054 AN ACT PROTECTING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. OPPOSE Sponsored by the Governor, Rep. J. Brendan Sharkey, Speaker of the House, Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, House Majority Leader, Sen. Martin M. Looney, Senate President Pro Tem, Sen. Bob Duff, Senate Majority Leader, and Valerie Jarrett, who oversees the White House Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and who is one of Obama’s closest and most influential advisers, called Sharkey to encourage him to call the bill for a vote.  White House Advisor Urges Passage of Bill To Combat Domestic Violence  All the heavy hitters. Without significant sportsmen input to legislators, which did not happen, the odds of defeating the bill were against us! The Bill PASSED the House. Those voting Yea 104; Nay 42. PASSED the Senate. Those voting Yea 23, Nay 13.  HB-5054 Connecticut State House April 27 Session Video Date Recorded: 4/27/2016 (6 hr 53 min)  SEE all, but most important-Begins 3:38 min. Senate approves gun seizures in violent domestic breakups  Senate Gives Final Passage To Bill To Protect Domestic Violence Victims From Firearms  Connecticut State Senate May 2 Session   Video Start min 6.14. PASSED. Public Act 16-34
 

SB-139   AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO ESTABLISH A TROUT STAMP. SUPPORT.  Public Hearing 02/24  Joint Favorable Substitute (ENV) 3/16/2016. File Number 365. (Must Read-Additional items including Pheasant Program!) Senate Calendar Number 257. Referred by Senate to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding. Favorable Report. Senate Passed as Amended by Amendment A. On Consent Calendar. House Calendar Number 515. House Passed as Amended by Senate Amendment A. PASSED.   PUBLIC ACT 16-27  Signed by the Governor.


SB-136    AN ACT REGULATING THE USE OF JETTED ARTICULATED VESSELS AND CERTAIN
WATER SKIING DEVICES.Public Hearing 02/24  3/4/2016 (ENV) Joint Favorable Substitute. File No. 124 [pdf] Referred by Senate to Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding. Favorable Report. No New File. Senate Passed Amendment A. Senate PASSED. House Calendar Number 513.  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

SB-81   AN ACT CONCERNING THE DESIGNATION OF CERTAIN AREAS OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER AS A WILD AND SCENIC RIVER.  SUPPORT. Public Hearing 02/11 2/24/2016 (ENV) Joint Favorable. File Number 30. Senate Calendar Number 75. Senate Passed Senate Amendment Schedule A. Senate Passed On Consent Calendar. House Calendar Number 544. House Passed as Amended by Senate Amendment A. PASSED.  Public Act 16-38.

HB-5315  AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVENTION OF THE HABITUATION OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ANIMALS, THE POSTING OF INFORMATIONAL NOTICES CONCERNING ENCOUNTERS WITH WILDLIFE AND THE STATUS OF SNAPPING TURTLES UNDER STATE LAW. SUPPORT.  Public Hearing 02/24. 3/4/2016 (ENV) Joint Favorable. File No. 114 [pdf House Calendar Number 108. House Passed Amended by House Amendment A. Senate Calendar Number 515. File Number 739  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB-5316  AN ACT CONCERNING SPORT FISHING LICENSES FOR ANGLERS WHO ARE SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 02/24. Committee Deadline. NO ACTION.

HB-5384  AN ACT CONCERNING FUNDING FOR THE TURN IN POACHERS AND LOBSTER RESTORATION PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 03/04. Committee Deadline. NO ACTION.

HB-5408  AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRESENTATION OF A CARRY PERMIT. Public Hearing 03/03.  3/10/2016 (PS)  Joint Favorable Substitute. File Number 240  3/29/2016  House Calendar Number 183.  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB-5409  AN ACT CONCERNING APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY STATE PERMIT TO CARRY A PISTOL OR A REVOLVER. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 03/03.  3/10/2016 (PS)  Joint Favorable Substitute. File Number 241 House Calendar Number 184.  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB-5578   AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE AND TRADE OF IVORY AND RHINOCEROS HORN. OPPOSE. Public Hearing 03/11. 3/16/2016 (ENV)  Joint Favorable Substitute  House Calendar Number 283. File Number 418  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB-5582  AN ACT CONCERNING THE PRIVATE LAND REVOLVER HUNTING PERMIT. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 03/11. 3/16/2016 (ENV)  Joint Favorable Substitute. File Number 362  House Calendar Number 256. [See Amendment]   NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB-5597   AN ACT PROTECTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS SEEKING RESTRAINING ORDERS. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 03/14. Joint Favorable. House Calendar Number 391. File Number 611.  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

SB-20   AN ACT CONCERNING CARRYING A FIREARM WHILE INTOXICATED OR UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. SUPPORT. Public Hearing 03/03.  3/10/2016 (PS)  Joint Favorable Substitute. File Number 254  Senate Calendar Number 199. Referred by Senate to Committee on Judiciary. No New File. Senate Passed On Consent Calendar. House Calendar Number 450. House Passed. PASSED.  Public Act 16-152.

SB-137  AN ACT CONCERNING THE SUSPENSION OF A HUNTING OR FISHING LICENSE FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR, PAY OR PLEA IN A HUNTING OR FISHING VIOLATION CASE. SUPPORTPublic Hearing 02/24. 3/4/2016  (ENV) Joint Favorable Substitute. File No. 125 [pdf] Senate Calendar Number 138. Referred by Senate to Committee on Government Administration and ElectionsJoint Favorable. Referred by Senate to Committee on Judiciary. No New File. Senate Passed. House Calendar Number 514.  House Passed. PASSED. Public Act 16-160.

H.B.- 5622 AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY OF ERASED RECORDS IN DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS A SUITABLE PERSON TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER. OPPOSE. Public Hearing 03/14. NO ACTION.

SB-227  AN ACT CONCERNING CECIL'S LAW. OPPOSE. Public Hearing 03/04. 3/16/2016 (ENV) Joint Favorable Substitute. Senate Calendar Number 288.  File Number 430 Senate Adopted Senate Amendment Schedule A 3898. Referred by Senate to Committee on Judiciary. Joint Favorable. No New File. Senate Rejected Senate Amendment Schedule B 4855. Passed Senate. House Calendar Number 499NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

HB 5623 AN ACT CONCERNING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, ACCESS TO MARSHALS, AND VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. OPPOSE FIREARMS SECTIONS.  Public Hearing 03/14. Joint Favorable Substitute. House Calendar Number 368. File Number 597.  NO ACTION DIED ON CALENDAR.

H.B. No. 5622 AN ACT CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY OF ERASED RECORDS IN DETERMINING WHETHER A PERSON IS A SUITABLE PERSON TO CARRY A PISTOL OR REVOLVER. Public Hearing 03/14. NO ACTION.

ADDED H.B. No. 5344 AN ACT CONCERNING SUPPORT FOR ANIMALS THAT ARE NEGLECTED OR TREATED CRUELLY. (Title Change.) AN ACT CONCERNING SUPPORT FOR CATS AND DOGS THAT ARE NEGLECTED OR TREATED CRUELLY. Public Hearing Judiciary 02/24Joint Favorable. House Calendar Number 362.  File Number 591. See amendments. House Passed w/Amendment A. Applies ONLY to cats & dogs. Senate Calendar Number 520. File Number 740.Senate Passed Amended by House Amendment  A. PASSED.  Public Act 16-30.

ADDED  SB 25 AN ACT CONCERNING SPECIAL POLICE FORCES ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. Public Hearing 02/18 Higher Education and Employment Advancement. Joint Favorable Substitute.Senate Calendar Number 115. Referred by Senate to Committee on Appropriations. Joint Favorable. Senate Passed. On Consent Calendar. House Calendar Number 493. House Passed. PASSED.  Public Act 16-154.
 
Regular Session Ended May 4. Special Session (Budget) and others continue into June!


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EVENTS

2016 Nutmeg State Games!!  Nutmeg State Games Shooting Competition:
- Location: Blue Trail Range, Wallingford, - Coordinator: Deb Lyman
- Dates & Events Offered:  Air Rifle - June 9th and 10th; 3-Position - June 11th; Prone - June 12th-
Age Groups: Sub-Junior, Inter-Junior, Junior, Open, Inter-Senior, Senior. -Entry Fee: $30.00
PRE-Registration Deadline: Fri., June 3rd. -Onsite Registration will be available each day of the tournament
Contact Information  - Phone #: (860) 788-7041  - Email: nutmeg@nutmegstategames.org

June 4, 2016 Celebration of Life for George Perry Finch at 1:00 P.M. at the Mystic Rod and Gun Club,  44 Gun Club Road,  (off Rt 201) Stonington CT 06378.   In Memory of Life, March 2, 1936 - January 30, 2016. Anyone familiar with George knew his passion for hunting, fishing, trapping and the outdoors. Please join us in this Celebration of Life to share stories, memories, and laughter as George wished that we would remember him.

October 1st, 2016 "Take A Vet" Fishing Event at Bozrah Rod & Gun Club
79 Santa Anna Rd, Lebanon


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