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Fish & Game ‘fee lock’ bill stalls in House committee, but not dead yet

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A bill to raise hunting and fishing fees for Idaho residents for the first time since 2005 has stalled. The House Resources and Conservation Committee on Thursday voted to hold HB 32 in committee until additional information could be gathered. That often means a bill has died but Idaho Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore says he's optimistic he can provide the information lawmakers seek. The agency's money comes from hunting and fishing licenses. Agency officials say costs have increased in the last 10 years while resident fees have stayed the same. The bill would raise the fees, but allow people who buy licenses every year to lock in the current rates and avoid the increases.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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