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From the Desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: January 1, 2010

Hannon Calls for Repeal of New Fishing License Fees

Saltwater fishing license fees are the latest extension of Albany’s heavy hand reaching into the wallets of Long Island taxpayers.

“The new license fees are unnecessary and unjust,” said Senator Kemp Hannon. “That’s why I am cosponsoring Senator LaValle’s proposed legislation, which would repeal any fees related to the recreational marine fishing license,” continued Hannon.

The new fishing license legislation, which took effect last month, requires recreational saltwater anglers, age 16 or older, to register every year and pay $10 for an annual license, $4 for a one-day permit or $150 for a lifetime permit.

The fishing license fees, coupled with new hunting license fees, were incorporated in the State’s budget in the hopes of grabbing an additional $22 million out of the pockets of New York taxpayers.

“I voted against the new license fees,” said Hannon.  “Increasing fees and raising taxes is not the answer for fixing New York’s fiscal problems.”

The fishing fee hikes come on the heels of the massive 25 percent increase in motor vehicle registration and drivers license fees that took effect Sept. 1. Registration fees increased for passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, trailers, taxis, buses, motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, construction vehicles, motorboats and custom vehicles.

Drivers licenses and registration fees also went up 25 percent, creating an additional cost to New York drivers projected to be almost $152 million over the next two years.

For more New York State legislative information, visit Senator Hannon’s website at www.kemphannon.com.