Special to The Greenup Beacon
Kentucky State Senator Robin L. Webb, D-Grayson, was re-elected president of the Executive Council of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (NASC) at its 11th Annual Sportsmen-Legislator Summit in Sunriver, Oregon. Senator Webb was previously elected in 2012 at the ninth summit and is just completing her first two-year term.
“I am honored to be elected president of NASC a second time,” said Senator Webb, a founder of the Kentucky Sportsmen’s Caucus. “As in 2013, this is an opportunity to become even more involved with the issues that sportsmen and outdoors lovers are facing today and to be proactive in addressing those issues.”
Senator Webb represents the 18th district that includes Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties.
NASC is made up of more than 2,000 state legislators and 44 state sportsmen caucuses throughout the nation. The summit serves as the umbrella organization for launching and working with state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses in state legislatures. Legislators from 23 state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses gathered in Oregon to reflect on the successes of the past year and discuss upcoming issues facing sportsmen.
Senator Webb said the Sportsman-Legislator Summit allowed her to share the concerns and issues facing the Commonwealth on a national stage as well as exchange ideas with her counterparts from other states. “I will take what I learned from the summit and discuss it with my colleagues in both the Senate and House during the 2015 Legislative Session in my continuing effort to address the needs of Kentucky’s sportsmen,” she said.
The summit is the largest gathering of pro-sportsmen legislators that occurs each year. The event provides the bi-partisan group of sportsmen-legislators – representing states across the nation – with the opportunity to interact with state and federal natural resources agencies, allied non-governmental conversation organizations and industries concerned with the future of the nation’s outdoor heritage.
This year’s theme was “Yesterday’s Achievements, Tomorrow’s Aspirations.” The four-day event included a variety of sessions on issues including the recreational angling benefits to the National Fish Hatchery System; trapping policy challenges and successes; pros and cons to crossbow usage; national hunter recruitment and retention strategies; impacts of lead ammunition bans; technology and the fair chase ethic; marine fisheries issues and red snapper management; animal rights groups and their threats to state wildlife management, and the right to “hunt and fish” constitutional amendments.
“Our agenda covered significant issues and challenges being faced by sportsmen around the nation,” said Senator Webb. “Discussion by members helped us further gain insight into the trials we encounter in our our own states as well as our success stories.
“I have always been a strong advocate of the sportsmen and outdoorsmen and this summit allows me to have a voice on the national level. As president and as a legislator, I will continue to work at the local, state and national level on issues facing hunters and anglers,” Senator Webb said.
Senator Robin L. Webb, D-Grayson, poses with the catch of the day during a fishing trip in Kenai River, Alaska. Senator Webb, founder of the Kentucky Sportsmen’s Caucus, was re-elected president of the Executive Council of the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses at the 11th annual summit in Sunriver, Oregon.