Newly adopted legislation seeks to make the state Fish and Game commission more professional and more accountable. The reappointment of the current Commission chairman could be the first test of how—or if—those changes will be applied.
One requirement of AB 2609 is that the Commission adopt a code of ethics that includes open and transparent governance, and prohibits commissioners' conflicts of interest. Marilyn Jasper, Chair of the watchdog group Public Interest Coalition, contends that incumbent Fish and Game Commission chairman Jim Kellogg has not, in the past, lived up to either of those requirements.
When Kellogg first came up for reappointment, in 2006, he faced some concerted opposition from environmental organizations around the state. Eric Mills of Action for Animals was part of that.