“Pennsylvania’s disabled veterans have made a tremendous
sacrifice for our country and face many challenges as a result of their
service,” Scarnati said. “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.”
“Expanding this bill to include any veteran who is rated as
disabled will eliminate confusion, simplify the process and expand the benefit
to many more veterans,” Baker said. “Offering a chance for them to enjoy
the homeland that they have protected with their lives is a small but
meaningful way to express our gratitude.”
Senate Bills 1102 and 1090 reduce the cost of annual hunting
and fishing licenses to $1 each, for all disabled veterans in the Commonwealth.
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.
Any Pennsylvania veteran eligible for disability
compensation as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
would qualify for the $1 licenses. Veterans 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 well.
“Every region across Pennsylvania offers numerous areas for
outdoor recreational activities like hunting and fishing,” Scarnati said.
“These bills are an important way to honor those who have helped to protect our
freedoms and will ensure that all disabled veterans have access to enjoy our
Commonwealth’s great outdoors.”
Senate Bills 1102 and 1090 will now be sent to the House of
Representatives for consideration.