A North Carolina legislator is hoping to end a state program that gives free fishing licenses for the poor.
From this story in the Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times:
_Free fishing licenses for North Carolinians facing hard times might soon be swallowed down the fishing hole. At the height of the program’s popularity, Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon, has introduced SB 571 to repeal the subsistence fishing license waiver, calling it “fiscal insanity.” Legislation passed in 2006 allowed for people on food stamps, Medicaid and Work First to apply for a free fishing license. It went into effect Jan. 1, 2007. Since the program’s inception, the number of residents receiving waivers has nearly tripled.
Mallory Martin, deputy department director with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which issues the subsistence fishing license waivers, said nearly 20,000 residents took advantage of them last year. “The trend is that the waiver is becoming more popular,” he said. In the 2007-08 fiscal year, 6,920 subsistence license waivers were issued, Martin said. In 2008-09 it went up to 13,132, and last year, 19,943.
Thoughts? Reaction? Does your state have something similar?