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House Resources introduces bill State Affairs rejected

A fee increase for invasive species stickers for boats that was rejected by the House State Affairs Committee last month got a warmer reception today from the House Resources Committee, which voted to introduce the bill. Though Dave Ricks of the state Parks Department said the fees are slightly different this time, the bill shows they're identical, raising the $5 fee for non-motorized boats to $7 and the $20 fee for out-of-state motorized boats to $22. Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, moved to kill the new bill, saying, "There's a lot of people like me that have a whole lot of questions about what am I paying for, what am I supposed to do ... I'm very hesitant to add any more funding to this, and ask folks to take more money out of their pocket for a program that we don't have our arms around." But he was outvoted. The additional money would be a vendor fee for vendors around the state who sell the stickers. State parks officials said it would get more vendors to offer the stickers, thereby making them more readily available to the public.

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