Voicing your opinion to the Pennsylvania Game Commission is going to be much easier for most people come 2020.
The Game Commission’s quarterly meetings will now be held on Friday and Saturday rather than on Monday and Tuesday.
This move aims to allow more public comment during meetings, better accommodate board members who have to travel and attract a wider range of candidates for board vacancies.
Under the old format, meeting obligations required commissioners to spend over a dozen days per year traveling to, attending and staying overnight to attend meetings.
“Changing the format will open the door to a whole host of new candidates who otherwise couldn’t have served, and eventually is likely to result in a more-diverse board that better represents Pennsylvania’s wide cross-section of hunters and trappers,” Commission Tim Layton said.
The first meeting of 2020 will begin on Friday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.
Public comment will be heard the following Saturday (Jan. 25), beginning at 8:30 a.m. and is limited to five minutes per person.
After the public comment session, the board will take up its regular agenda.
Possible talking points at January’s meeting include which Sundays will be huntable in 2020 as well as the state of the Saturday opener for deer rifle season.
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