Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

The Express-Times – A proposal to offer discounted New Jersey fishing licenses to anglers who apply for them with someone whose license has languished advanced in the Senate this week.

The bill would allow both New Jersey residents and nonresidents older than 16 to apply for a fishing buddy license when someone who hasn’t bought one since 2010 applies at the same time, according to a news release and the bill itself.

The fishing buddy license would cost half the regular fee of a fishing license. The Senate Environment and Energy Committee advanced the bill Monday. It will now go to the full Senate for consideration, according to the release.

Republican Sen. Steve Oroho sponsored the bill with Senate President Steve Sweeney. Oroho’s district includes parts of Warren, Sussex and Morris counties.

The bill, if it becomes law, will introduce more residents and visitors to fishing, Oroho said in the release.

“The lakes, streams and reservoirs across New Jersey offer some of the finest year-round fishing opportunities in the region,” Oroho said. “Fishing is not only a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but also an important industry for the state and local economies.”

The proposal would also reduce the fee for an “all around sportsman license” by $10 for each “fishing buddy.” The Fish and Game Council can adjust the fees. The sportsman license allows the holder to hunt with a shotgun or bow and arrow and to fish.

 

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