Statehouse Rally Planned to Protect Sportsmens Dollars (Columbus) The U.S. Sportsmens Alliance is urging Ohio sportsmen to assemble at the Statehouse next week in support of a budget amendment that will protect sportsmens dollars. Ohio sportsmen will demonstrate at the Statehouse Rotunda on Wednesday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. Wearing hunter orange hats, they will support an amendment to the state budget bill that will prevent a diversion of wildlife funds to pay for other government programs. Legislators are being lobbied hard to permit hunting and fishing license dollars to be used to pay for other government programs outside of the Division of Wildlife, said Tony Celebrezze, U.S. Sportsmens Alliance director of state services. Once the government is allowed to use these dollars, it wont be long before sportsmen will face license increases to bail out the Wildlife Fund. Before sending the budget to the Senate, the Ohio House of Representatives added an amendment to forbid tapping the Wildlife Fund for other government spending. Now, senators are being pressured to remove the amendment and leave sportsmens dollars unprotected. Sportsmen hope that their presence at the Statehouse will send a strong message to legislators to stand up for sportsmen and protect our dollars, said Celebrezze. We are counting on our senators to be our champions. Take Action! Ohio sportsmen are strongly urged to attend the Orange Hat Rally on May 18 in the Statehouse Rotunda at 1:00 p.m. Sportsmen must make a strong showing to prove their strength to Ohio senators. Contact the U.S. Sportsmens Alliance at (614) 888-4868 for more information about the rally. To contact your senator and ask him or her to protect sportsmens dollars, call (800) 282-0253. The U.S. Sportsmens Alliance protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmens Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.