FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Neal Goodman
Hunting license display requirement ends Feb. 13
HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – State Rep. Neal Goodman, D-Schuylkill, this week joined Gov. Tom Corbett for a ceremonial signing of a bill that will end the requirement for hunters and trappers to display their licenses on an outer garment.
"I first introduced this legislation in 2003, my first year in office, and I'm pleased this commonsense change is now law," Goodman said. "I congratulate my good friend and fellow hunter, state Representative Keith Gillespie, who was prime sponsor of the bill this year and successfully ushered it through the General Assembly. We have worked together on this issue for several years.”
Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe praised the work of both lawmakers.
"Since 2003, the Game Commission has been supporting various drafts of legislation sponsored by Representatives Gillespie and Goodman to remove this antiquated requirement," Roe said. "With today’s new license format, this change in law will make hunting less complicated, improve license management by hunters and trappers, and limit the inconveniences and troubles associated with lost or misplaced licenses."
Goodman said in the past six years, Pennsylvania hunters lost more than 50,000 licenses at a cost of more than $300,000.
"Hunters from across the state have been asking for this legislation for years," Goodman said. "It will save time and money for hunters who lose their license from their garments when trudging through dense brush, climbing under a fence or exiting a duck blind."
Goodman reminded hunters and trappers that the new law doesn’t take effect for 60 days, so they need to continue to wear their licenses on an outer garment until Feb. 13.