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Bill would waive hunting, fishing fees for Ill. seniors

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 7:01 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation would waive hunting and fishing license fees for Illinois senior citizens.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1dt9PLh ) the proposal is sponsored by state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat.

His bill would let people over 75 get a sport fishing and hunting license for free. Fishing licenses typically cost $15 and hunting licenses cost $12.50. But residents who are 65 and older only pay half the price.

Mike Stevens is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He says waiving the fees could mean a loss of about $260,000 in revenue. He says that means several jobs could be cut.

The proposal was approved by the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee and now heads to the full chamber.

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The bill is HB4329.

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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com

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