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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 30, 2023 11:37 AM
From: Senator Tracy Pennycuick
To: All Senate members
Subject: Streamlining Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation that will streamline and modernize the way fishing licenses are issued for disabled veterans and military personnel in Pennsylvania.

Currently only those disabled veterans with a 100% permanent disability determination from the VA can receive free lifetime fishing licenses. Disabled veterans with a 100% disability determination also receive free licenses but must apply for them on an annual basis.
This bill will take away the annual fee and application part of the process and will allow all disabled veterans with a 100% disability determination from the VA, whether or not it is a permanent determination, to purchase free lifetime fishing licenses.

This bill also implements changes to Title 30 to combine those Pennsylvanians serving in the reserve component of the armed forces with those serving in the PA National Guard regarding the purchase of annual licenses. Putting both into one section of statute, as opposed to two separate sections under current law.
While the Fish and Boat Commission has made strides in streamlining the process, further changes are necessary.

I appreciate your consideration and urge you to join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.
If you have any questions, please contact Matt Szuchyt in my office at 215-541-2388.

Introduced as SB411