A bill to require wildlife outfitters and guides to register with the state and show minimal qualifications has died in a House committee.
Rep. Brad Johnson, R-Aurora, said Monday his bill failed to get enough support to pass it out of the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee, which he chairs."We just haven't got it to where everybody feels comfortable with it, so I guess it's dead for this session," Johnson said. "There's a real need for this, however.
"This has to be done," Johnson said. "Maybe the best way is to get outfitters and guides to form an association and police themselves, so the government doesn't have to regulate them. I've decided to try it that way now."
HB125 would have created the first regulation of hunting guides and outfitters in Utah, one of the few Western states without any form of guide licensing.