Kortz: Bill provides disabled vets, active duty military affordable benefits for fishing, hunting

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Bill Kortz praised a measure that unanimously passed the House today that eliminates the need for disabled veterans and active duty military to purchase multiple non-resident fishing and hunting licenses from various states, including Pennsylvania.

Kortz, who is minority chairman of the Game and Fisheries Committee and a co-sponsor of H.B. 1380, said this bill should encourage agreements between Pennsylvania and other states to benefit the men and women who have served and continue to serve this country.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for disabled veterans and active-duty military,” Kortz said. “It would permit them to enjoy the great country they protected and continue to protect, and it would allow them to continue to pursue their passions and pastimes at a reduced cost.

“Instead of purchasing multiple licenses in multiple states, this measure would allow active-duty military personnel and disabled veterans to one day enjoy the same benefits in other states that they enjoy in Pennsylvania.”

Under the bill, the attorney general would negotiate reciprocal agreements with other states and report back to the General Assembly.

“Fishing and hunting have long been hobbies passed down from generation to generation,” Kortz said. “With today's bill passage and, hopefully, Senate passage after that, it will become more affordable for our veterans and active duty personnel to continue those traditions.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.