Cal­i­for­nia’s Fish­ingLi­cense Re­form Fails

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A pro­posal to change Cal­i­for­nia’s fish­ing li­cens­ing to a 12-month pe­riod failed to pass de­spite vast sup­port from the an­gling com­mu­nity.

Ef­forts led by the Cal­i­for­nia Sport­fish­ing League, which pointed to the cur­rent cal­en­dar sys­tem — un­der which all li­censes ex­pire on De­cem­ber 31, re­gard­less of the pur­chase date — as a key rea­son for de­clin­ing fish­ing li­cense sales, had helped drive sup­port for the bill (Se­nate Bill 187), and an­gling ad­vo­cates were hope­ful it would make it to the gover­nor’s desk this year, par­tic­u­larly since the bill had no recorded op­po­si­tion, was sup­ported by dozens of groups, and had earned unan­i­mous sup­port in the State Se­nate.

How­ever, mem­bers of the Cal­i­for­nia As­sem­bly’s Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee did not ad­vance SB 187 to the full vot­ing body, mean­ing the bill is of­fi­cially dead in the wa­ter.

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