A proposal to
increase fees for hunting and fishing licenses failed to get the necessary 70
votes to pass the House. The legislation would raise an additional 6.8 million dollars a year for Wildlife and Fisheries, who says the
increase is necessary to help sustain the department for years to come. But Erath Representative Blake Miguez says if LDWF needs more money, they can get
it from the Conservation fund.
“The point I am
trying to make is that I think this may be an issue in the future, but I don’t think
the issue here is today. I think we should wait and postpone this and see what happens.”
legislation would also consolidate the number of licenses from 117 to 35 and
actually lower some fees. Miguez says he’s fine with a consolidation of
licenses, but his constituents are not happy about a fee increase.
“If I’m a
hunter or fisher back in my district, I’m looking at this thing and thinking I want
it to be consolidated but why do I have to pay a fee increase to get good
The vote on
the bill was 54-27. It needs 70 votes to pass, because it’s a fee increase. The
measure can be brought up again. Stonewall Representative Larry Bagley says the
public is not opposing this legislation and hopes there’s another vote on the
“If there was
a big group that were opposed to it, I would certainly listen. But, I have not
heard that, I’ve heard members not citizens,” said Representative Bagley.