Gazelka sponsors Freedom to Hunt and Fish Act
The “Freedom to Hunt & Fish Act of 2012”, authored by Senate Assistant Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, passed out of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday. In the event of a state government shutdown, Sen. Gazelka’s bill (S.F. 1911) would make game and fish licenses available by electronic transaction.
“The unnecessary government shutdown in 2011 revealed a problem in the DNR fishing licensing process,” Gazelka said. “Minnesotans and folks from out of state were unable to purchase licenses during one of the busiest times of the year resulting in a decline in tourism. Not only were Minnesota hospitality and outdoors businesses negatively impacted but the DNR estimates it lost between $1 million and $3 million in fishing license revenue during the shutdown. This bill allows hunting and fishing licenses to be obtained electronically in the event of a government shutdown.”