Reduced-Fee Hunting & Fishing Licenses
June 19, 2014
– The State Senate has unanimously approved legislation to offer more disabled
Pennsylvania veterans reduced-fee hunting and fishing licenses, according to
Senators Joe Scarnati (R-25), Lisa Baker (R-20) and Scott Hutchinson (R-21).
Bill 1102, authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, would reduce
the cost of fishing licenses for disabled veterans to $1 for an annual license.
Bill 1090, authored by Senate Labor and Industry Committee Chairwoman Lisa
Baker and Senate Communications & Technology Committee Chairman Scott
Hutchinson would reduce the cost of hunting licenses for disabled veterans to
$1 for an annual license.
bills are a small way to honor those who have helped to protect our freedoms
and will ensure that more disabled veterans have access to enjoy our
Commonwealth’s great outdoors,” Senator Scarnati said. “Pennsylvania’s disabled veterans have made a
tremendous sacrifice for our country and face many challenges as a result of
their service. Providing them the
opportunity to participate in hunting and fishing activities at a reduced fee
is a way that we can thank them for their service and sacrifice.”
County Veterans Affairs Directors Association told us that this benefit was not
being applied uniformly across the state,” Senator Baker said. “Expansion to
include any veteran who is rated as disabled eliminates confusion and
simplifies the process. The nominal $1 fee
allows Pennsylvania to draw down on federal funds.”
am pleased to see these measures are moving toward enactment into law. These
bills are about honoring true American heroes who due to their service to our
country have lost their mobility and their ability to work,” Senator Hutchinson
said. “Extending this benefit is another
way to honor those who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation.”
Bills 1102 and 1090 reduce the cost of annual hunting and fishing licenses to
$1 each, for military veterans in the Commonwealth who are 60 percent or
greater disabled, as determined by the United States Department of Veterans
Affairs. Currently, Pennsylvania law
allows for free hunting and fishing licenses only for veterans who are either
certified as 100 percent disabled, or who have lost the use of one of their
arms or legs.
certified as having a total disability would continue to qualify for free
licenses. Pennsylvania currently offers
$1 hunting and fishing licenses to certain active duty military personnel as
Bills 1102 and 1090 will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. Once signed into law the legislation will go
into effect within 60 days.