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House shoots down hunting license fee increase

Tuesday - 3/27/2012, 10:55am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The House of Delegates has shot down a bill that would have raised hunting license fees.

The measure failed Monday on a 62-69 vote.

The bill would have raised the hunting license fee for a Maryland resident from $24.50 to $40. It also would have raised fees for nonresidents from $130 to $160.

The Department of Natural Resources has said that increased costs have constrained the department's ability to provide basic levels of service for land management and hunting programs.

But opponents of the measure argued that the bill could hurt the state's economy by giving out-of-state hunters pause in coming to Maryland to hunt.

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