On Thursday, April 15, Governor Jodi Rell (R) signed House Bill 5545 into law.
HB5545, one of several bills introduced to aid gun owners, will impose a modest reduction to the recent fee increases associated with hunting and fishing licenses approved during last year’s legislative session.
With many families struggling to afford basic necessities in this difficult economy, it’s important that we keep hunting accessible to all, regardless of their socio-economic status. In addition, there have been recent experiences in other states that show lower license fees generate more revenue for conservation and the state by giving lower-income earners the opportunity to buy a license they might not otherwise afford, thereby broadening the base of hunters. Because of declining numbers of hunters, overpopulation of species like the whitetail deer, and decreased revenue for conservation projects, it simply makes sense to lower hunting license fees.
Thank you to all of the NRA members who took action in support of HB5545. Without you, this victory would not have been possible.