Next Step for Relief for CO Parks & Wildlife

(March 25) – Rep. Jeni Arndt’s bipartisan bill to help the cash-strapped Colorado Parks and Wildlife Division passed the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee today.

“Never in my experience have sportsmen and conservationists been more united and more enthusiastic,” said Rep. Arndt, D-Fort Collins, the House sponsor of SB18-143 with Rep. Jim Wilson, R-Salida. “This bill will help keep our state beautiful and better maintain parks and wildlife.”

The bill would raise nearly $20 million per year for the Parks and Wildlife Division, which is struggling with increasing usage but insufficient revenue to keep up with the need. The bill would enact a schedule of modest and long-overdue fee increases for hunting and fishing licenses and state park passes, with the proceeds going to wildlife management and upkeep of parks.

Representatives of a variety of hunting and fishing organizations joined with outdoor recreation and conservation groups in support of SB18-143, which passed the Ag Committee on a 9-4 vote after passing the Senate 35-0. The bill advances to the Finance Committee.

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