Columbus -Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Representative Nick Barborak (D-Lisbon) announced that they will introduce legislation to waive the fees for fishing and hunting permits and licenses to Ohio residents who are at least sixty-five years of age.  

With many Ohio seniors living on fixed incomes, this legislation aims to provide any hunting or fishing license or permit combination free of charge.  Current law states that any Ohioan born before 1937 may be issued a free permit or license, and that any individual over the age of sixty-five can be issued those licenses or permits at one half of the regular rate.  This legislation will streamline the Ohio Revised Code to ensure that all Ohio seniors over sixty-five are provided free permits and licenses. 

 "Passage of this legislation will provide seniors with a greater ability to participate in the outdoor activities they enjoy." Sen. Schiavoni said. 

According to the Legislative Service Commission, waiving the fees for seniors would result in only 2% in reduced funding created from hunting and fishing licenses. 

“This legislation makes sense to encourage our seniors to remain active and to continue a long tradition of hunting and fishing in Ohio.  I have fond memories of my grandfather taking me fishing as a child.  I hope that many more seniors will take advantage of the opportunity to pass this tradition along to their grandchildren,” said Rep. Barborak.

Sen. Schiavoni and Rep. Barborak will present companion bills in the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives, respectively, in the coming weeks.  

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