Fishing license reform bill fails in California

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A proposal to change California’s fishing licensing process to a 12-month calendar period failed in the state Assembly just before Labor Day weekend.

Efforts led by the California Sportfishing League, which was founded in part by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, had helped drive support for Senate Bill 187.

The sportfishing group pointed out that the calendar system is a key reason license sales have been declining in California, according to the NMMA.

However, as FishRap News reported, "The bill was up for hearing Sept. 1, as legislators returned to Sacramento after their summer break. Members of the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee, however, did not advance SB 187 to the full voting body, meaning the bill is officially dead in the water. SB 187 proposed to establish a 12-month fishing license system.”

In California all licenses purchased expire on Dec. 31, regardless of purchase date, which means that unless they’re purchased on Jan. 1 they don’t last for a full season.

Angling advocates hoped SB 187 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 earned unanimous support in the Senate, FishRap said.


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