State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced the unanimous passage of Senate Bill (SB) 257, bipartisan legislation that streamlines the licensing process for Ohio’s sportsmen and women. SB 257 is companion legislation to HB 518, which Rep. Cera introduced earlier this year.


Under current law, sportsmen and women must annually renew separate permits for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities from the Ohio Division of Wildlife within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. SB 257 allows for the creation of multi-year, multi-activity licenses, including the possibility of lifetime permits.


“Ohio has a proud tradition of supporting the sporting industry,” said Cera. “SB 257 brings our licensing process into the 21st century.”


Rep. Cera noted that the bill contains a variety of measures designed to encourage tourism. Among other changes, SB 257 lowers the fee for non-resident youth hunting licenses to match residents.


Traditional fishing licenses would also see updates. Removing the annual expiration date of February 28, SB 257 makes fishing licenses valid for a full calendar year from date of purchase.


The bill also assists individuals with a mobility impairment by allowing them to use a broader range of vehicles to hunt. The new law changes “electric-powered all-purpose vehicle” to simply “all-purpose vehicle.” It also removes the requirement that the vehicle be battery powered or self-propelled.


SB 257 now goes to Governor Kasich for his approval. 

 
 
 
  
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