Senate Bill 1223, a bill that would allow the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to set future license structure and fees directly through a streamlined, customer-focused process, continues to move its way through the Arizona Legislature.

The state Senate voted on March 6 to pass the bill by a 26-2 vote.

The bill then moved over to the Arizona House of Representatives, where on March 11 it passed out of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee by a unanimous 8-0 vote.

“We are pleased at the bipartisan support the bill has received,” said Kurt Davis, a member of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. “House members from both sides of the aisle acknowledged the commission’s and department’s proactivity in seeking the flexibility to provide more value to customers.”

Legislators also acknowledged the support from a broad spectrum of sportsmen’s organizations. Twenty-four sportsmen’s groups have formally come out in favor of the bill.

SB 1223 is intended to allow the Game and Fish Department the flexibility to operate more like a business and better react to changing market conditions and customer needs in a timely manner.

For more information on SB 1223, visit www.azgfd.gov/LicenseSimplification.

Image courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department

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