HOUSE AG COMMITTEE APPROVES LICENSE FEES INCREASES
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The House Agriculture and Forestry Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would increase hunting and fishing license fees in the state with amendments supported by the Alabama Farmers Federation.
HB 254, also known as the Wildlife Heritage Act of 2007, is sponsored by House Agriculture and Forestry Committee Chairman Thomas Jackson, D-Thomasville. It raises the statewide hunting license fee from $16 to $24 and raises freshwater fishing license fees from $9.50 to $12. The increases will provide funding for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to hire 19 additional conservation officers. It also includes cost-of-living salary increases for department employees.
The amendments require $500,000 from new license sales to be earmarked for research and approved by the department's advisory board. A second amendment allows a $1 voluntary donation with license fees also to be used for wildlife research.
The bill now heads to the House for full consideration. If approved, it would become effective Sept. 1, 2007.