Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
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Bobcat bill passes House with fiscal and budget notes attached

Springfield — The House version of the "Bobcat Bill" passed today by a vote of 62-43. House Bill 0352, which would allow DNR to offer a bobcat season from Nov. 1 to Feb. 15, was filed back in January but was recently amended to include language detailing the state's hunters and trappers to acquire a special bobcat permit.

As a sign of the times in financially-struggling Illinois, the bill was amended again this week in order to add "Balanced Budget" and "Fiscal" notes to the measure. The Balanced Budget note indicated that the bill "will have a minimal fiscal impact on the Wildlife and Fish Fund." The Fiscal note stated that the fiscal impact of HB 0352 will be "$2,500 of new revenue deposited into the Fish and Wildlife Fund."

That $2,500 number is the result of simple math. The amendment requiring a bobcat permit called for a permit fee "not to exceed $5." DNR plans to sell about 550 bobcat permits the first year.

An identical bill, Senate Bill 106, was scheduled for a third reading this week.

Read more about the state's progress toward a bobcat season in the May 1 issue of Illinois Outdoor News and by following

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