- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - People who violate certain environmental laws regarding hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities in Delaware will soon no longer be slapped with criminal records.

But violators will also be paying heftier fines for certain other offenses under legislation to be signed Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell.

The legislation declassifies several minor violations associated with wildlife, fishing, and boating by changing them from misdemeanors to violations, meaning they will not be reported on criminal history records.

The legislation also modernizes penalties associated with other offenses by classifying them as environmental misdemeanors and doubling the minimum fines for first offenses.

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