Senate Passes Conservation Tax Incentives
Legislation that includes incentives for private landowners to
conserve their property (S. 476) was passed in the Senate by
a vote of 95-5 on Wednesday. These incentives, promoted by Caucus
members Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Max Baucus (D-MT),
include President Bush's proposal for a partial exclusion from
capital gains tax when an easement or land is sold to a public
or nonprofit conservation agency and an increase in the ability
of donors to deduct contributions of conservation easements.
If enacted, these tax incentives will result in significant new
conservation of farmland, forests, wetlands and wildlife habitats
across the country - all through voluntary, landowner-initiated
action. CSF joined Ducks Unlimited, the International Association
of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and other conservation organizations
in a letter supporting the conservation tax incentive provisions.
Legislation including these provisions has not been introduced
in the House at this time but is expected to be introduced later
House Passes Gun Industry Lawsuit Protection Act
This week, the House passed HR 1036, "The Protection of
Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" by a vote of 285 - 140. As
reported last week, HR 1036, which is sponsored by CSC member
Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and co-sponsored by over 80 percent of the
House Caucus, would put an end to frivolous lawsuits filed against
the firearms industry that hold manufacturers and dealers liable
for the criminal acts of third parties. Five amendments were
offered to water down the legislation but were defeated easily.
The Senate version, S. 659 sponsored by CSC member Larry Craig
(R-ID), has broad support from 52 co-sponsors, including almost
80% of the Senate Caucus. Action in the Senate is expected before
the end of the summer.
PETA Urges Hamburg, N.Y., to Change Name
A national animal rights group has offered Hamburg officials
$15,000 to change the town's name to Veggieburg.
"The town's name conjures up visions of unhealthy patties
of ground-up dead cows, " said Joe Haptas, spokesman of
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, in a letter
faxed Monday to Hamburg Supervisor Patrick Hoak.
PETA offered to supply area schools with $15,000 worth of non-meat
patties for the name change.
"Our offer is serious as a heart attack, " Haptas said.
Hoak immediately declined. "With all due respect, I think
it's a delicacy in our community, " he said about hamburgers.
"We're proud of our name and proud of our heritage."
The Buffalo suburb, named Hamburg since 1812, claims to be the
birth place of the American culinary staple. Hamburg commemorates
the birth of hamburgers at the annual Burgerfest.
In 1996, PETA proposed that the Hudson Valley town of Fishkill
change its centuries-old name to Fishsave, since the group believed
the name conjured up violent imagery of dead fish.
The town was named by Dutch settlers in the early 1600s. "Kill"
is the Dutch word for "stream."
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