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A bill has been introduced in the State Senate which would amend environmental conservation law by waiving fees for fishing hunting licenses for volunteer firemen and volunteer ambulance workers. The waived fees would cover both small and big game licenses.

Senator Sue Serino sponsored Senate Bill S6690, which currently resides in committee. The bill's official Senate webpage states the following justification for the bill:


Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers contribute their time, often while risking their own safety, to provide a vital service for their communities, and all of this is done without any compensation. Waiving the fishing, small game, and big game hunting license fees for these heroes and volunteers is a small but meaningful way of showing our appreciation for the services and safety they provide.

Consider visiting the Senator's page and showing where you stand. Just look for the box that asks, "Do you support this bill?"


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tughillmcd, last year

This is a great idea, but with the wrong approach. Hunting and fishing licenses go into the only dedicated fund in NY, the Conservation Fund. That is the money that the DEC uses to operate the programs like fish hatcheries, The Reynolds Game Farm to raise the pheasants that get released in NY. Additionally, manufacturers pay an 11% excise tax on almost anything you purchase to hunt and fish with, guns, bullets, bows, crossbows, arrows, fishing rods, tackle etc.

tughillmcd, last year

to the Federal Government through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 and it's amendments since. This money is returned to the states based on how many licenses are "SOLD". Free licenses do not qualify. There is an alternative to issuing a "Free License". Fully Refundable Tax Credit when one files their tax return. This would ensure the Conservation Fund is made whole for the license and also ensure the license qualifies for the Federal Money we all pay forward,

tughillmcd, last year

to the Federal Government through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 and it's amendments since. This money is returned to the states based on how many licenses are "SOLD". Free licenses do not qualify. There is an alternative to issuing a "Free License". Fully Refundable Tax Credit when one files their tax return. This would ensure the Conservation Fund is made whole for the license and also ensure the license qualifies for the Federal Money we all pay forward,

tughillmcd, last year

and we get back what we already spent. Per DEC, the Conservation Fund presently$ loses 1.1 Million for the free licenses that are on the Books today and an additional $255,000 in Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act does not get returned because the license does not qualify. Please when you contact legislators about this, ask they amend the bills to reimburse the license fee, rather than just giving the license for free. Each license that is given, cost is only passed onto the sportsmen.

tughillmcd, last year

The cost of the license should be paid by all taxpayers. The tax credit option shifts this everyone where it should be.

Die4ever8, last year

To tughillmcd you're an absolute idiot. Do you even have brain cells. sure they will loose some money and license sales. But just become you're butt hurt you can't get a free license is ridiculous. Often times firefighters and other first responders are under paid. And some don't even get paid. Some wok a full time job then volunteer on their free time.Them giving back something to them is something nice. And something you should maybe consider yourself instead of bein an insufferable butt.

VanOtisco, last year

Die4ever8 - First, welcome to NYOutdoorTalk.com and thank you for participating. Please refer to our Community Guidelines. Your point had merit, but you kind of ruined it by calling tughillmcd an idiot. If you want to flame other members, please take it to another site. We want NYOutdoorTalk.com to be better than that. (In other news... I doubled the character limit on comment posts this morning. I hope it helps posting long comments.)

Getoutdoors, last year

Van I found your blog and site through FB and this article. I joined to comment and before doing so I looked for the rules and regs. I couldn't find any so when in doubt use common sense. Tughill made some valid points and is obviously close to the subject. He brought up some things that I had not thought about. I think I agree with him in that they should be rewarded but not in a way that can hurt the outdoorsmen of NYS. I hope I have found a site that , unlike most political sites , aren't full of name callers with nothing intelligent to add to the discussion. Based on your fast reaction to the situation it seems I have. I look forward to a great experience here Thanks

VanOtisco, last year

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VolunteerEMT , last year

I'm sorry that you know people like me put our own lives at risk to save people's lives that we don't know or are people that don't care about us volunteers yes some of them get paid but I on the other hand don't I have a child on the way and I still run into house to help them and me doing that can harm me or even my unborn child. Them giving us free hunting and fishing license should get people all butt hurt if you think it's such a bad idea then why don't you become I volunteer firefighter or volunteer EMT and see how much you would appreciate the free license

Old Firefighter, last year

I appreciate the thought process on this by the Senator. However, as a sportsman and 32 year volunteer firefighter I have to disagree with this legislation. When I joined the VOLUNTEER fire service is wasn't for what's in it for me like many of the younger people now. It was to help my neighbors and was a family tradition. Some of us get a real estate tax break, a length of service award (pension) or are paid per call. A lot of us complain about the way the country gives out entitlements, why would this be any different? Ask yourself this, When do you stop calling yourself a volunteer if you continue to expect things in return for what you do. A simple thank you from a grateful person for saving their home from a fire or the smile on a childs face when you come to their school that's does it for me. That's why I do what I enjoy doing. Once again I thank the Senator for the thought but let's do something about the taxes in this state to help everyone.

EMTandDEC, last year

As an EMT in Northern NY, I support this bill. I think this is a great idea and also a great way to say, Thanks for your service. I am also an avid angler (fly fishing) these days and though the $25 current fee is not all that much, being a volunteer EMT certainly hits the wallet and any savings are a good thing.

FF259, last year

Old Firefighter, I do understand that you join a volunteer department without the expectation of being paid. When I joined my department, I was talking to my chief and he told me that there is a service award, something I had no idea about. I was 18 years old (I'm now 20) and being a firefighter is in my blood. When he told me I had no idea and I took it as an added bonus. That was not the reason I got into the department. As well, a free, or tax refund for a fishing and hunting license would not be the worst thing to happen. I don't think people are expecting these perks. People don't volunteer their time expecting to receive things. So when someone acknowledges you for your hard work, with something like a fishing and hunting license, it's a nice thank you. I agree the taxes are a problem in NY but that's a whole other beast.

Genesee Don, last year

I joined a Vol Dept back in 1977 and after being in,out and in gathered 23 years of service there. Now I'm a Fire Police Lt in a Sullivan County Fire Co. Back when I started in 77 we rode the back-step and went in without air masks to today we can't do that anymore. We Volunteered and expected nothing in return except something from our dept. from what we fundraised for. Along the way people saw what we did, the hard times started hitting the Volunteer Dept's, trying to hold onto volunteers and started to come up with ways to keep the volly's with LOSAP programs and other things to try to stop hiring paid people to do our job. They came up with incentives, including tax relief, so that communities could keep the volly's from leaving. TODAY with all the HOURS of training that is mandatory with more coming, the demand on people especially of their time is a big strain on the family and these little incentives are just a way to say thank you and please stay.

emt41967, last year

its about time they give back to the volunteer that put there lifes on line ever day for there town or what ever place they live no mahter if what part they do in the fire dept its all takes time out of our life and away from our famly and frinds but we are there for those who need us but when they want to give back to us that wrong why if is wasnt for all of us out hear were would you be paying higher tax for fire dept and paying for ems not get your frind or the person down the street jumping out bed at 3am running out the door to help you for free or the frieperson that jump out of bed becuse your house is on fire and leave his family to maybe not to come home to god forbid lets not give something back to theses men and women who do this just to help and vol there time allegany countey

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