Louisiana hunting, fishing license fee hikes win passage
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana hunting and fishing license charges will rise next year across an array of commercial and recreational categories.
Lawmakers sent the fee hike bill to the governor to help shore up the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ budget.
A 78-20 House vote Tuesday gave final passage to Republican Rep. Tony Bacala’s bill.
The fee hikes and license restructuring will raise nearly $17 million for the agency in the budget year that starts in mid-2022 and will grow to about $19 million in later years.
The increased license charges begin in July 2022 for recreational license holders. They’ll start in January 2022 for commercial license holders, phased in through 2024.
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