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Action Alert: Double Your Money for Trout, Quail and Nongame Wildlife - License Plates

 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Double Your Money for Trout, Quail and Nongame Wildlife - License Plates

You can take action on this alert by reading the information below and following the directions at the bottom.

Issue

In 2010, the fees for specialty license plates were increased sharply in response to the budget crisis. Revenues were directed into the general fund with only $10.00 per plate marked for fisheries and wildlife conservation.

Background

HB 730 lowers the cost to you while doubling the money assigned straight into fish and wildlife programs - $19 of the first year fee and $20 of the renewal fee.

The public responded to sharply increased fees for non-game, bobwhite quail, and trout license plates and the revenues primarily going to the general fund by no longer buying or renewing the license plates. Prior to the 2010 law change, there were 541,000 wildlife license plates on vehicles on Georgia’s highways. That number has dropped below 150,000. With HB 730, the $35 license plate manufacturing fee would be waived and the tag fee reduced from $35 to $25.

The Wildlife Resources Division’s Non-Game Program does not receive support through the general fund. This unique state government program uses fund raisers, donations, grants, voluntary check-offs, and the sales of license plates. The trout program is self-sustaining through sales of special and additional fishing licenses, and some trout anglers provide extra support by purchasing the trout license plate. The Bobwhite Quail Initiative, sustained through the sales of license plates, is a specialty program that works with private landowners to restore quail habitat. Robust license plate revenues are the only way to put professional habitat recommendations on-the-ground.

The diversion of license plate revenues away from their intended purposes has hurt all of these programs supported by voluntary contributions. HB 730 corrects this diversion of funding and supports key fish and wildlife conservation efforts by sending more of your license plate fee to the programs that are important to you.

Use the form below to encourage your State Senator and Representative to pass HB 730.

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Vote “Yes” on HB 730


Dear Representative,

I am your constituent and an active voter.
Georgia’s Non-Game Wildlife and trout programs are special. And, Georgia’s Bobwhite Quail Initiative served as a model for a national effort at restoring habitats and populations of bobwhite quail. All of these programs have a history of funding support through the sales of wildlife license plates. All of these programs suffered when revenues from sales of wildlife license plates were diverted away from the intended programs and into the general fund. 2014 is the year to correct this diversion.

Wildlife license plates were the first of the state government program plates and different from other specialty license plates in the amount of the overall program support that they provide. HB 730 proposes to sell wildlife plates at a more reasonable fee and put those revenues where they were intended.

HB 730 needs to be heard and favorably reported by the House Motor Vehicles Committee. It then needs to be passed by the House and Senate. Vote “Yes” on HB 730.

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