- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill that would allow Nebraska to charge higher fees for hunting and fishing permits is headed to a final vote in the Legislature.

Senators gave the measure second-round approval Tuesday with a 43-3 vote after overcoming a filibuster. They also rejected an amendment by Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha to end Nebraska’s mountain lion hunting season.

The bill would give the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission the authority to raise permit fees. The maximum fee for annual resident hunting permits could rise from $13 to $18, while the fee cap for annual fishing permits would increase from $17.50 to $24.

Sen. John McCollister of Omaha, the bill’s sponsor, says the fee caps were last adjusted in 2003.

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The bill is LB745


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