License bill to heard May 18 in Appropriations
Needs on-site support
SACRAMENTO -- Senate Bill 345, the Sportfishing Stimulus Act of 2015, by Sen Tom Berryhill, will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee, State Capitol, Rm. 4203, Monday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
I am urging readers to support this bill that is endorsed by more than 25 industry and tourism associations.
“It would help as a strong turnout could determine the outcome of this bill,” said Marko Milotkin of the California Sportfishing League that is pushing this legislation that is long overdue.
Anglers can also help by visiting the League’s website, www.SportfishingConservation.org to join the online petition — and the group that has pushed this bill, Sportfishing Conservation, is urging its members to contact their State Legislators.
“On May 18, California could be one step closer to reforming a costly and antiquated fishing license system — beginning with a fishing license that is valid a full 12-months from the date of purchase,” said Milotkin.
Go to wonews.com for the link, or go to www.sportfishing Conservation.org for more background material for SB 345, including a list of over 25 associations who support the legislation: The link is
A 12-month fishing license from the date of purchase is needed and we see no reason for the DFW to oppose this bill that would spur license sales. This writer once asked former DFG (when it was called that) Ryan Broddrick why a license that would be good for 12 months from the purchase date could not be instituted, he said the department did not have the digital capabilities to make the change. That was 10 years ago.
The DFW now has those digital capabilities, and it is time to make the change, and others.
This is the California Sportfishing League’s position:
The Sportfishing Stimulus Act of 2015 (#SB345), authored by Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte), provides common sense solutions to addressing California’s declining fishing participation rate which has dropped to dead last in the nation.
-Establish an annual fishing license that is valid for a full 12 months
-Establish a discounted junior angler license for 16/17 year olds (base price: $15.12).
-Kids under 16 would continue to fish for free.
-Exempts bona fide charitable organizations from possession limits for donated sport fish.
This would allow non-profits to solicit donations in recreationally-caught fish without being over the organization’s possession limit. For example, an organization may wish to solicit recreationally caught fish for a Feed the Hungry event. The same exemption for non-profits and hunted game was recently signed into law by Gov. Brown.