Will the person who gave Representative
Pearce the flier from our last newsletter please step forward?
In The Birmingham News ("Everything
Alabama") on March 9, the outdoors columnist Mike Bolton wrote
about MO House Bill 386.
He wryly points to the fact that
the State of Alabama claims to own the deer herd. (That allows
them to set seasons and bag limits, he points out.) "If that
is the case, some accident victims have wondered why the state
isn’t at least partly responsible when one of its deer trots out
in the middle of the road and totals a $30,000 vehicle….or worse,
causes a fatality. …In those cases the state denies responsibility… Missouri
State Rep. David Pearce (R) was involved in a deer crash that did
more than $2,000 in damage to his minivan. He has introduced legislation
that would require the Missouri Department of Conservation to pay
the first $250, a typical insurance deductible, of any claim resulting
from a collision with a deer….Pearce says that the "state
agency populated the state with deer and it should be responsible
for keeping them in control."
[Editor’s Note: Bolton is concerned that the powerful
insurance lobby might push for it. But why would they push the
bill to get a deductible paid? That’s the one part they don’t pay.
What about a bill that requires the game departments to pay the
full cost? Now that’s something the insurance companies would get
behind! It would bankrupt the game agencies, wouldn’t it? The Bill
is House Bill No. 386, it was introduced by Representatives Pearce,
Deeken, Sander, Guest, Townley (co-sponsors), Munzinger, Moore,
Crawford and Luetkemeyer. Rep. David Pearce is from District 121.
MO C.A.S.H. supporters should give those guys a lot of support.]