Outdoors

Bill would remove ban on Sunday hunting

The legislature will consider whether to allow hunting on Sundays.

The bill, filed by Democratic Sen. Julia Boseman, would remove a prohibition set into law in the 19th century, presumably to keep the traditional Christian Sabbath holy.

Eleven states limit Sunday hunting.

According to the National Rifle Association, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey and Connecticut prohibit hunting on Sundays.

Four states have limited bans. Maryland allows it on two Sundays during deer season; South Carolina, on private land; North Carolina, on some federal installations; and West Virginia, in local counties that have approved it.

New York, Ohio and Michigan have overturned Sunday hunting bans in recent years.

Bow hunting a different matter

In other hunting news, archers may soon be allowed to hunt on Sundays.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is considering the rule change. Currently, hunting with guns is prohibited by state law, but archery is handled at the regulatory level, so the change would not require the legislature to pass a bill.

Three rule changes are under consideration. One would allow bow hunting on private lands; a second, on public lands where hunting is allowed. A third would allow hunters who use falcons.

The commission will vote on the change March 4.

One more in the GOP mix

Former state Sen. Woody White of Wilmington has announced his candidacy for the state GOP chairmanship.

White, 39, is a lawyer and former law partner of Patrick Ballantine, the GOP nominee for governor in 2004.

He announced his candidacy in a letter sent to members of the state GOP Executive Committee.

State Chairwoman Linda Daves has said she will not seek another term when the state's Republicans convene in June.

Also running are David Robinson, chairman of the Wake County Republican Party, and Guilford County stockbroker Marcus Kindley.

Hagan, Kissell part ways in wealth

Sen. Kay Hagan and Rep. Larry Kissell have more than a few things in common -- they're both Democrats, both from North Carolina, both freshmen in Congress.

But they're tilting opposite scales when it comes to personal wealth.

A new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that Hagan is the seventh-richest freshman in Congress. Kissell is dead last, or 53rd, among the congressional newcomers.

Hagan's net worth is between $4.3 million and $38 million, which puts her average net worth as 33rd among all members of Congress. A former banker, Hagan earned $20,000 in 2007 as a member of the state Senate.

Kissell's combined personal finances fall somewhere between $20,000 and debt of $284,000, according to the reports, which list assets and debts in wide ranges. The former Montgomery County schoolteacher earned $49,000 in 2007.

The richest freshman was Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, who built his fortune (between $61 million and $451 million) in the telecommunications business.

Author, pollster is chamber speaker

Conservative consultant Frank Luntz will speak in Raleigh today.

An author and pollster, Luntz will be the keynote speaker at the N.C. Chamber's second annual Government Affairs Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center. He'll speak at a 12:30 p.m. lunch for registered attendees.

Other speakers include Senate leader Marc Basnight, House Speaker Joe Hackney, Senate Republican leader Phil Berger, House Republican Leader Paul Stam and state chamber head Lew Ebert.

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