The Senate voted 17-10 Thursday to pass a bill that increases the cost of fishing and hunting licenses.
The money would be used to place more fish in Utah waters and introduce more game into the wild."It's an investment by users," said Sen. Pete Suazo, D-Salt Lake City, the Senate sponsor of HB45.
The bill would raise the resident fishing license from $18 to $20 with the additional $2 spent on the state's fish hatcheries. A small-game hunting license would increase from $12 to $13 with proceeds used to buy, or capture and transfer, game birds.
The combination fishing-hunting license would jump from $25 to $28. The bill was amended to prevent an increase in fishing licenses for senior citizens.
All of the increases would take effect Jan. 1, 1999.