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Fishing / Hunting Lic Fee Restructuring Bill (HB 691)

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http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1216114

House Bill 691 is up for a vote in committee tomorrow. I disagree with this restructuring, and am opposed to this bill. Some gems included are registration of paddle craft and a fee (and yes this does include currently owned pirogues and kayaks etc); youth hunting license requirements and fees; doubling of the lifetime licenses as well as numerous other increases.

One good thing to result from Covid is that we can email our support or opposition to a bill in committee as if we were there in the room filling out a green or red card and it will be counted and presented to committee members, hopefully as guidance, and then it is recorded as part of the legislative history for the bill.

PLEASE EMAIL h-natr@legis.la.gov BY NOON TOMORROW (WED 5/6/21)
https://www.legis.la.gov/legis/agenda.aspx?m=21218

If you oppose merely state VOTE NO TO HB691 in the subject heading of your email and same in the body stating also that you oppose HB691. You do not need to provide reasons but you can. Make sure to include your name and address so that it will be counted same as you would be required if you were in committee filling out a red card.
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I think this chinese virus has gone to the brain lol
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I f you are already getting ya senior licenses at 62 you are grandfathered in , no changes to your license fees , still 5$ 🧙‍♂️🎣
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I am not even worried about the fees I bought my lifetime license years ago but they can take registering small paddle craft and shove it. They are just out for a money grab when they want you to put a number on a pirogue or a kayak or canoe. That is if I am reading this bill right.
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these people r nuts!!! yes its just about getting more money
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Update: The next step is a vote by the House Appropriations so contact your representative.\\r\\n\\r\\nHB691 passed committee without objection after some amendments, despite numerous opposition. According to the author if passed the increase will be about $11 million to recreational hunting and fishing and about $3.5 million to commercial. He also let us know that these increases will NOT be enough; meaning LDWF will continue to spend and grow and keep returning to the outdoor tax payer for more money. LDWF\\\'s budget: FY19 $173 million, FY18 $183 million, FY17 $125million; this represents more than half the budget of the State Police; and on average over the past 30 years it has grown at 6% while the economic growth for the state hovers around 2%. As to the kayaks and pirogues, it seems the goal is to register and permit everything that hits the water.
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I will be calling you can count on that for sure these government officials are crazy....
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What an absolute joke! On some forums people are all for this move and all can do is shake your head. Probably the same people that want diversions instead of dredging which has been proven to build land sorry got off topic. My grandpa and uncle are turning in there grave seeing all this happen. The way it going down here for all of us with trying to jack up prices and new rules we will
not be able to fart on a boat anymore. Soon we will have to get a device that traps the toxic gas before it comes in contact with the water.
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   boug23
If you hunt or fish out of state most would realize what a bargain we have. When was our last license increase? Look up starting salaries for agents and biologists here in Louisiana. The people I have worked with in LDWF are incredibly dedicated. Folks, the budget crunch is very real.
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Budget crunch? They average 161 million? Do you live in a vacuum? LDWF is not the only agency, board, commission, local govt, etc that always has a \'budget crunch\' looking to take more money out of the tax payers\' pockets. I don\'t want Louisiana to be like other states, though that is the intent under one \'budget crunch\' excuse at a time. There are incredible tax payers also in the private sector who cannot use the force of government to squeeze blood from a turnip (the average income in LA $49k & a 19% poverty rate). So, I\'d say LDWF needs to learn to work within its budget that is more than half of the state police budget ($300k+) and if they cannot, they need new leadership not new money; given the average annual payroll of business in LA is only $82MM. The average recreational fisherman is lucky to fish 12 times a year and hunting on average is less than that. It should not become something only the wealthy can afford as it has become in other states. We should not have to bear an $11MM increase that will only have LDWF expanding and coming for money in the near future. Only a tax and spend Democrat/RINO or a government employee, would fail to appreciate why this bill should not pass.
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