Senate approves bill to raise cost of fishing licenses...

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March 21, 2002|By From staff reports

Senate approves bill to raise cost of fishing licenses by 50 cents

Maryland fishing licenses would cost an extra 50 cents under a bill approved 36-7 yesterday by the Senate.

The measure would take a resident's license from $10 to $10.50, and a five-day resident's short-term license would increase to $7.50. The bill also would create a new short-term license for non-Maryland residents seeking to fish in the state.

The money raised by the increased fees would go to the Department of Natural Resources for the study, protection and management of fish, and agents issuing licenses would be allowed to keep $1, up from 50 cents. A similar bill is waiting for a vote in a House of Delegates committee.

House resolution urges study of highway's impact

The House of Delegates passed a resolution 106-25 yesterday urging Gov. Parris N. Glendening to restart the environmental impact study on the Intercounty Connector, a highway proposed to ease traffic congestion in suburban Washington.

The resolution is a largely symbolic move to indicate lawmakers' willingness to move ahead with the proposed 17-mile highway, which would connect Interstate 270 in Montgomery County with Interstate 95 in Prince George's County. The Senate passed the same resolution Monday.

In 1999, Glendening halted the planning for the connector - which has been on the books for five decades - saying he feared it would harm the environment.

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