Kortz measure to provide therapeutic fishing license exemption approved by House

HARRISBURG, March 20 – A measure that would allow the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to issue therapeutic exemptions to fishing license requirements unanimously passed the House, state Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, announced today.

Kortz, the prime sponsor of H.B. 584 and minority chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, says the bill provides the necessary language to allow the PFBC to award fishing license exemptions to a variety of therapy groups, including Project Healing Waters, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Casting for Recovery, an organization for breast cancer survivors.

“I am pleased by the overwhelming support this bill has been given by my colleagues,” Kortz said. “Many organizations in Pennsylvania and nationwide have seen the benefits of fishing and how it has helped people who are recovering from cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or chronic illness. It’s an activity that can bring them great joy and provide them much-needed respite.”  

“We appreciate Chairman Kortz and the House of Representatives’ unanimous support for this legislation today,” said Mike Nerozzi, director of public policy for the PFBC. “It is great to see the momentum behind this measure, which will ensure that the tremendous value of therapeutic fishing is recognized in law.”

The bill now heads to the state Senate for further consideration.