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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: June 16, 2017 03:06 PM
From: Representative Patrick J. Harkins
To: All House members
Subject: Lake Erie Fishing Permits
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would broaden the allocation of proceeds
from Lake Erie fishing permits.

As you may know, anglers are required to have a Lake Erie fishing permit to fish for any species in Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, or their tributaries. The proceeds from sales of these permits are deposited into a restricted account within the Fish Fund to be used to provide public fishing access or to protect or improve fish habitats in these waterways.

The legislation that I will be introducing would amend Title 30 (Fish) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to expand the types of fishing-related projects that may be funded through revenue from the sale of Lake Erie fishing permits. This would provide the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission with more flexibility in determining the best ways to use funds to improve public fishing in Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, and their tributaries.

I hope you will join me in sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1686