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Lawmakers leave 3 unconfirmed on wildlife panel

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Washington Senate's Natural Resources and Parks Committee took the time to hold confirmation hearings on three Fish and Wildlife Commission members, but they never bothered to vote yea or nay.

But the way the commission operates, members appointed a governor can continue serving until they quit or are asked to leave by another governor if the legislature doesn't act. 

 Chairwoman Miranda Wecker, appointed by a previous governor, and Bob Kehoe and Jay Holzmiller, appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee, will continue to serve on the commission at the same status as Larry Carpenter, Conrad Mahnken and Jay Kehne, who were approved by the House last year. 

Gov. Inslee has not said whether he plans to fill the remaining open position on the nine-member panel.

Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman blogged, "I figured, criminy, if Kehne can make it through the Senate, anybody can."


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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.