Senate Passes Bill That Allows Hunting/Fishing Liscense Sales To Continue Under Future MN Gov. Shutdowns

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 8:07 am

The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that would allow for the sale of hunting and fishing licenses during future state government shutdowns.

Lawmakers passed the measure, called the Freedom to Hunt and Fish Act of 2012, on Tuesday by a vote of 41-24. Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, said last summer’s partial government shutdown cost the state about $2 million in revenue from the sale of fishing licenses. The Associated Press also says Gazelka maintains state’s tourism industry was hit even harder.

Several DFL lawmakers spoke against the bill. They say the series of Republican-backed bills to eliminate the consequences of shutdowns will not make it any easier to avoid future budget stand-offs.

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