Bill Would Substitute Donations For Hunting Fines

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – State legislators are considering a bill that would allow for charitable donations instead of fines for hunting and fishing violations.

The bill is being reviewed by the state’s Environment Committee. It would allow violators to make charitable contributions to two state programs aimed at enforcing fish and game laws instead of paying fines.

The Turn In Poachers program offers rewards for information on poaching and other violations. The Lobster Restoration Program works to grow and protect the state’s lobster population.

Under his revised budget proposals, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recommends that Lobster Restoration Program funding be reduced by $100,000.

Last year, a similar bill failed to make it out of committee.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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