Apr 20, 2010 2:24 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The cost of Louisiana hunting and
fishing licenses and boat registrations would be boosted every two
years, along with every other fee charged by the Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries, if lawmakers approve a bill that received
the backing of a House committee Tuesday.
The proposal (House Bill 879) by Rep. Eddie Lambert, R-Gonzales,
would allow the department to raise any fees it charges and
collects every two years up to the annual percentage change in the
Consumer Price Index, which tracks the national inflation rate.
Lambert said the department faces ever-growing equipment and
fuel costs and doesn't receive state general fund money to cover
its operating costs. He said hikes in the license and registration
fees charged by the department would help cover agency costs.
The bill would place a cap on increases, saying that no fee
could grow by more than 50 percent. After that, fee hikes based on
the price index wouldn't be allowed.
The House Natural Resources and Environment Committee agreed to
the bill without objection, sending it to the House floor for
4 hours ago