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House overwhelmingly passes gaming bill

Debate was a predictably long and winding road in the House over an omnibus game, fish and land bill, but the end result showed overwhelming support: It passed 130-4.
Like most omnibus bills, all kinds of goofy notions and amendments were floated, but in the end, the bill has some major provisions that may or may not make sense, depending on your view of kids with guns. (A different version was passed 64-0 by the Senate, so the new House bill will make its way back to the Senate.)
For instance, the House bill would allow 10- and 11-year-olds to hunt big game, provided a parent or guardian was around, and would allow 12-year-olds to obtain a license to hunt big game on their own. And it also allows anglers to fish with two lines at once. There’s a “conservation angling license” proposal as well. This license would  costs two-thirds as much as a normal license, last for 14 days and allow for half the normal fishing limits.
The bill also takes something to the voters: A 12-member council to make recommendations to the Legislature on how to spend outdoorsy-type funds will be on the ballot in this fall’s general election.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by matt wells on 05/09/2008 - 11:25 am.

    “House overwhelmingly passes gaming bill”. Doesn’t really have anything to do with gaming (the thing you do at a casino). Consider “outdoors” bill instead.

  2. Submitted by g.r. anderson jr. on 05/09/2008 - 05:27 pm.

    good point, but outdoors is vague where gaming is misleading. how about “game and wildlife”? hey, it’s better than the names they actually give to these things.

    thanks for your comment. -gra

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