Sen. Gobi files bill addressing lost revenue to MassWildlife

  • GOBI

Staff Writer
Published: 3/9/2021 3:09:42 PM
Modified: 3/9/2021 3:09:40 PM

BOSTON — Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), co-chair of the Massachusetts Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus and past chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, has filed a bill in the 192nd session of the General Court aimed at addressing lost revenue that the state is failing to reimburse to the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife. SD. 1453, An Act to Reimburse the Inland Fisheries and Game Fund, would target the more than $1 million/year the agency forfeits each year by providing free hunting and fishing licenses to residents aged over 70 that is not currently being reimbursed by the state.

Gobi had this to say on the bill, “Our sportsmen and women play a critical role in conservation and the fees from licenses have made sure land is set aside, not just for hunting and fishing but for many types of recreation such as hiking and bird watching. Offering free licenses to those over a certain age is the right thing to do, especially now when we want people to enjoy the outdoors. Reimbursing that lost revenue is also the right thing to do. I appreciate the support I have received including from the Nature Conservancy and the Trustees.”

The losses accrued in this area are expected to grow as the over-70 population increases. While the state does offset discounted licenses for those aged 65 to 69, they have failed to address the growing losses from the hunting and fishing licenses of those aged over 70. This legislation targets that inconsistency while raising desperately needed funds for the agency tasked with overseeing sportsmen and women’s activities while conserving and restoring critical habitat.

For more information on the legislation, contact Sen. Gobi’s office by email at Anne.Gobi@MASenate.gov.


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