Senate Bill Improving License Options and Affordability for Ohio's Hunters and Anglers Signed into Law
COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
(R-Medina) today announced a Senate bill improving access and affordability for Ohio's fishing and hunting licenses has been signed into law by Governor Kasich.
Current law states that licenses are only valid from the first day of March of the current year and expire the last day of February the following year. Under Senate Bill 257
, which takes effect this September, a one-year license will be valid for one year from the date of purchase, and additional options will allow Ohioans to purchase three-year and five-year hunting and fishing licenses at a discount. The purchase of a lifetime license will also be an option.
"Over 900,000 fishing licenses and over 385,000 hunting licenses were purchased in Ohio in 2016," said Obhof, who co-sponsored the bill. "This new law provides more access and convenient options to Ohio sportsmen and women to enjoy the activities they love and the traditions they share with their families."
The bill also aims to promote additional family participation by expanding the apprentice hunting license and allowing those with disabilities to hunt with an all-purpose vehicle on both private and public land. The Chief of the Division of Wildlife is also granted additional discretion over fishing license requirements to better accommodate veterans and those with disabilities. In the past, veterans' organizations have run into roadblocks when hosting charitable events, due to participants not having an Ohio fishing or hunting license.
In other legislative news, Governor Kasich also recently signed House Bill 133 into law. The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously in May, will improve Ohio's ability to respond to emergency situations by providing tax relief to out-of-state disaster relief workers when they work on critical infrastructure in Ohio during a declared disaster.