The AMGA was pleased to announce the introduction of the Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act (PLROIA) in the U.S. Senate on October 4, 2018. This legislation included over a dozen provisions to expedite the permitting process for outfitters, guides, non-profits, and other facilitated outdoor recreation providers. Once the bill was introduced, the AMGA and our partners at the Coalition for Outdoor Access worked hard to get PLROIA onto the legislative calendar. We met with Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff in Washington DC, we collaborated with outdoor industry trade groups to broaden support, and we pushed hard for permitting legislation to be included in a public lands package at the end of the year. Despite this effort, PLROIA and other bills related to recreation and public lands did not get passed into law.
With no progress on important recreation and public lands legislation in 2018, an even stronger sense of urgency exists for Congress to act in 2019. We will continue to advocate for permitting reform in the new Congress. We have already begun strategizing a pathway for a quick introduction of PLROIA and swift congressional review. We will keep you informed of our efforts and let you know when there are opportunities to get involved.