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Parks and Wildlife’s bill to increase rates referred to appropriations committee

The Hunting, Fishing and Parks for Future Generations act went in front of the state Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday for its first hearing. The committee decided unanimously to pass a motion to refer the bill to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, along with a few amendments to the bill.

The Future Generations Act is a bipartisan bill that was introduced to the state senate at the end of January, and is meant to increase revenue for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department via setting higher hunting, fishing, parks and recreation fees.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Don Coram (R-Montrose) and Stephen Fenberg (D-Boulder), along with Reps. Jeni Arndt (D-Fort Collins) and Jim Wilson (R-Salida), will address CPW’s financial dire straights as they try to keep up with growing demand and a growing population.

The bill details exactly how much each new hunting tag or fishing license will increase. There’s typically about $5 to $8 rise in cost for individual tags, though prices for bigger game like moose and bighorn sheep may rise as much as $50. Annual fishing licenses would rise by $8 as well. Prices vary for residents and non-residents.

There were few amendments recommended by the finance committee. Amendments include raising the senior lifetime fishing price for residents from free to $8, capping replacement fees for lost licenses at $25, placing restrictions on lobbying activity for nonprofits granted money from the sale of migratory waterfowl stamps, changing the definition of young adult from 26 to 22 for the purpose of special licensing programs, and establishing exemptions for individuals entering a state park by means other than a motor vehicle.

To read the bill in its entirety visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website, or the website for the Colorado General Assembly.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations conducts hearing on bills that change expenditures or revenues that affect the state’s budget. The bill did not appear on the committee’s agenda for Feb. 14, and it has not yet been scheduled for another hearing.

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