The Freedom to Fish act is one more step closer to becoming permanent legislation.
Congressman Ed Whitfield says the Freedom to Fish Act was favorably voted out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and will now be considered by the entire House of Representatives. The legislation is included as part of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013
Assuming the bill passes the House, it will then go to a Conference Committee with the Senate to work out the various differences between the two bills. If a conference agreement is reached, both Houses will approve the agreement and it will be sent to the President to be signed into law.
The temporary act was approved and signed by President Obama after the Army Corps of Engineers attempted to restrict sportsmen from fishing in tailwaters below TVA dams. Senators Rand Paul and Lamar Alexander have also been instrumental in keeping those waters open.