Pennycuick Bill Making it Easier for Disabled Veterans to Receive Free Fishing Licenses Clears Key Committee Vote

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) to make it easier for disabled veterans to obtain free Pennsylvania fishing licenses was unanimously approved by the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee yesterday.

“Enjoying the great Pennsylvania outdoors is a favorite pastime for many in the Veteran community,” Pennycuick said. “This bill will remove unnecessary and burdensome requirements that makes it difficult for disabled veterans to obtain fishing licenses, allowing them to spend less time filing paperwork and more time enjoying our state’s waterways. I want to thank Chairman Rothman and the members of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee for passing this important bill.”

Currently, veterans with a 100% permanent disability determination from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can receive free lifetime fishing licenses. Disabled veterans with a 100% disability determination also receive free licenses but must apply for them on an annual basis.

Senate Bill 411 would remove the annual fee and application requirements and allow all disabled veterans with a 100% disability determination – whether or not it is a permanent determination – to purchase free lifetime fishing licenses.

This bill also implements changes to Title 30 to combine annual license provisions covering Pennsylvanians serving in a reserve component of the armed forces with those serving in the PA National Guard, streamlining the statute. The measure also removes the overseas requirement for a National Guard or reservist member to qualify for a reduced fee license.

The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.


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