Senate panel approves higher fishing license fees

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Mar 14, 2012 at 8:54 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota Senate panel has voted to raise fishing and hunting license fees to avert potential deep cuts to the state's fisheries and wildlife programs.

The Senate natural resources committee approved the proposal in a unanimous voice vote Tuesday.

The bill would give the Department of Natural Resources most of the increases it's seeking. Deputy Commissioner Dave Schad says it'd be sufficient to prevent the state Game and Fish Fund from going into the red next year.

A one-year resident adult fishing license fee would rise from $17 to $22, while a license for a married couple would go from $24 to $35. A resident deer license would increase from $26 to $30.

The proposal now goes to its next committee stop. Prospects for it are uncertain in the House.

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