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Recreational Fishing Bills Move Through Legislature
« on: March 10, 2017, 11:30:44 AM »

Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2017

Several legislative proposals aimed at improving access for California’s recreational anglers are currently under consideration by the state’s legislature.

California law currently stipulates that anglers are not required to purchase a fishing license until the age of 16. Assembly Bill 478, introduced by California Outdoor Sporting Caucus Member Assembly Member Marie Waldron, would increase that limit to 18. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife on March 21.

Senate Bill 187, introduced by California Outdoor Sporting Caucus Member Senator Tom Berryhill, would make annual fishing license sales valid for a full 12-month time frame from the date of purchase. This bill is intended to encourage angler recruitment and retention, as well as increase license sales and state revenue. California fishing licenses currently expire each year on December 31, regardless of the purchase date. This bill is not currently scheduled for a committee hearing.

Also introduced by Senator Berryhill, Senate Bill 234 reaffirms that the authority to regulate recreational fishing in the state rests solely with the California Fish and Game Commission. In addition, the bill would empower citizens to sue local governments who violate this edict, and requires that courts award damages to the prevailing party. Senate Bill 234 will be heard by the Senate Natural Resources Committee on March 14.

For more information on angling access, please refer to CSF’s 2017 Issue Briefs.

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Re: Recreational Fishing Bills Move Through Legislature
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 08:38:33 PM »

I like the idea of holding off to 18 for a license, this will give youth a chance to get hook. California licenses are expensive and many youth can't afford them until they are in the work force.

I buy a License the day mines up because I fish Year round but folks that don't, they will feel better about spending the money if it's good for a full 12 months. This prevents someone from holding off because they'll need a new one in two months
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