YORK – State Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York County), majority chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, welcomed today’s decision by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC’s) Board of Commissioners to delay $2 million in program reductions that were to take effect this month.
“Staving off the threat of hatchery closings and stream stocking cutbacks is obviously welcome news for our anglers and boaters,” said Gillespie. “The reality is, unless we can do something legislatively to throw the PFBC a financial lifeline, I fear we are simply delaying the inevitable.”
Gillespie’s comments reference PFBC Executive Director John Arway’s repeated requests for passage of legislation that would allow the commission to set its own license fees. Senate Bill 30, which Gillespie endorses, would allow such a practice. The legislation passed overwhelmingly in the Senate but has yet to be voted in the House.
“Both the PFBC and the Pennsylvania Game Commission are funded almost exclusively by the cost of licenses,” Gillespie said. “Both commissions are threatening serious cuts to programs unless license fees are increased, something that has not occurred in an appreciable amount of time.
“We’ve managed to avoid the chopping block this year. My hope is that appropriate legislation will be in place by this time next year,” added Gillespie.
Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Gillespie’s office at (717) 840-4711.
Representative Keith Gillespie
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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