Bill that drops senior hunting and fishing licenses to $1 passes
Legislation that would lower the price of a hunting or fishing license for people age 75 and over to $1 passed the House today, meaning all that stands between it and state law is the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn.
House Bill 4329 was filed in January by State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Woodstock. It originally was written to make hunting licenses free for state residents who fell into that age group, but was later amended to include fishing licenses. It was also amended to make the fee $1 instead of zero dollars.
A sticking point involved another amendment that would have required those eligible for the $1 licenses to enroll in the state's Benefit Access Program. However, a Senate Committee amendment was wrangled around this week and eventually removed the enrollment requirement.
The legislature is scheduled to end the current session on Friday.
Read more about the senior license bill in the June 13 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.