MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Michigan Senate deadlocked yesterday on legislation that would increase the cost of some hunting and fishing licenses.
The increases would raise nearly $20 million in more revenue, allowing the Department of Natural Resources to hire more conservation officers and make other improvements.
Ties in the Senate can be broken by the lieutenant governor but Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley was in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday as part of his “Pure Michigan” tour.
The Republican-led chamber could vote again on the bill later this week.
Under the legislation, the cost of a typical deer hunting license would increase from $15 to $30 and the annual restricted fishing license, which costs $15 for residents, would be eliminated and the $25 all-species license which allows the licensee to fish for all legal species would be the only annual fishing license offered. Other fees would see less significant increases.
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