COLUMBUS—During a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse Tuesday, State Representative Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) announced the introduction of legislation to improve access for hunting and fishing licenses in Ohio.

House Bill 518 takes several measures to adjust and modernize current law, as well as simplify the process for Ohioans seeking licenses. Among other things, this includes allowing fishing licenses to be valid for one calendar year from the date of purchase. Under current law, fishing licenses are only valid from the first day of March of the current year and expire the last day of February the following year. The bill establishes options for a three-year, five-year and lifetime hunting and fishing licenses.

The legislation also improves accommodations for military veterans and people with disabilities.

“Ohio has a long history of hunting, fishing and trapping,” said Dever, who co-chairs the Ohio Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. “This legislation streamlines the process for sportsmen and women of Ohio and will spark an increase in sporting activity, while growing conservation efforts throughout our state.”

House Bill 518, which is being joint-sponsored by Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) will soon be referred to a committee for further consideration. State Senators Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) and Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) have introduced companion legislation in the Ohio Senate.

Complete footage of the press conference is available here:


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