Plan to double Parks and Wildlife fines gains momentum in Colorado
Credit: Ryan Maye Handy, Durango Herald
DENVER – Colorado lawmakers have given initial approval to an effort to double or triple fines for hunting and fishing violations in Colorado’s state parks, part of an ongoing effort to update the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s mission and streamline its funding.
House Bill 1026, which has been approved by the House and is moving through the Senate, raises fines for more than 35 violations of hunting and fishing regulations in Colorado, including hunting and fishing without a license, paddleboarding without a life jacket and baiting bears. The bill also cracks down on people caught camping in state parks without a permit by raising the fine from $50 to five times the cost of the permit. The new fines would go into effect July 1.
On Tuesday, lawmakers in the Senate Finance Committee approved the bill and the more than $184,000 it is expected to generate next year. It now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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