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SENATOR LAVALLE SUPPORTS REPEAL OF SALT WATER FISHING FEE

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that the Senate has passed a measure he supported that would repeal the recreational saltwater fishing license fee created in the 2009 budget.  The bill keeps New York in compliance with federal law by creating a registry in lieu of requiring individuals to purchase a license.

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LEGISLATURE PASSES MEASURE IN SUPPORT OF COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he sponsored to protect the permits of commercial fishermen with large boats has passed both houses.  The Senator’s initiative would exempt certain commercial fishermen from having to comply with a 1997 statute that limited the length of commercial fishing vessels.

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SENATOR LAVALLE COMMENTS ON STATUS OF LOBSTER FISHING BAN

“I am pleased that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering options other than a five-year ban on lobster fishing to restore the lobster population along the East Coast.  A ban would devastate Long Island’s remaining lobster fishing industry and have a negative impact on our local restaurants and fish markets.  Long Island fishermen have suffered numerous restrictions and regulations.  I am hopeful that the final decision will be consid

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NEW LAW SUPPORTS COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN

Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he sponsored in the Senate to protect the permits of commercial fishermen with large boats has been signed into law.  The new law exempts certain commercial fishermen from having to comply with a 1997 statute that limited the length of commercial fishing vessels.

 

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Senator Ken LaValle Applauds Court’s Decision Scuttling Fishing-License Rule

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today applauded the New York State Supreme Court decision striking down a law that requires recreational anglers to obtain a fishing license to fish town waters.

The towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Brookhaven, Southold, Huntington and Oyster Bay challenged the law as encroaching on their individual authority to regulate their waters. The law required any angler older than 16 to get a $10 license. The court’s decision applies only to the towns that filed suit.

“I voted against this measure when it was part of the 2009 budget and am happy it has been struck down,” Senator LaValle said.

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Fishermen Off the Hook: Saltwater License Law Repealed in State Budget

The State Legislature has reached an agreement with the Governor to repeal the 2009 Saltwater Fishing License New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today.

The license law, LaValle said,  will be transformed into a registration requirement to meet federal law. In addition, the registration is guaranteed to be free for the next two years and those who purchased lifetime licenses will be granted a refund minus the fee for the past year.

"I voted against the license law and fee when it was part of the 2009 budget and am happy to see the demise of what was essentially a hidden tax,” said LaValle. 

The agreement must still be ratified in the State Budget, which is expected to be approved shortly.

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Senate Passes Boater Safety Bill

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate has passed an important bill (S.2903B) requiring boat operators, regardless of age, who have been convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) to take a boating safety course before operating a boat again.

“Long Island’s peak boating season is fast approaching,” LaValle said. “Educating those who have been convicted of BWI, may prevent future tragedies,” LaValle said.

The state already requires those age 21 and over and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle. The bill passed today expands upon that law by requiring those under 21 and convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense to obtain a certificate as well.

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LaValle: DEC To Issue Refunds To New Yorkers For Saltwater Fishing Licenses

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said today that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has been directed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue refunds to recreational fishermen and charter boat operators who purchased a Recreational Marine Fishing License (RMFL) in addition to refunding license fees to New Yorkers who purchased lifetime licenses. The federal government requires all fishermen in marine waters must be registered, and the state originally met this requirement by adopting the RMFL program. However, the 2011-2012 New York State budget eliminated the license fee, and created a no-fee registration program to comply with federal law. Therefore, any New Yorker who purchased a license for 2011 will be issued a refund.

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LaValle Bill Will Help Commercial Fishermen Save Fuel.

A bill (S.1456) to help commercial fishermen conserve fuel by allowing them to fish for five times the daily catch limit allowable under their fishing license in the aggregate over a period of seven days has passed the New York State Senate said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the bill’s sponsor.

LaValle explained the reason for the legislation and said that the current price of fuel for running a fishing boat is extremely expensive and cost prohibitive and that fuel costs cut significantly into the already slim profits of fishermen.

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LaValle Bill to Help Commercial Fishermen Passes Senate.

A  bill to help commercial fishermen by allowing them to aggregate their daily catch limits over a seven day period and conserve fuel passed the Senate today it was announced by New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson), the sponsor of the bill.

LaValle said his bill  (S.1762) allows fishermen, for example, to catch three times the daily catch limit on Monday and two times the limit on Wednesday and then stay off the water until the following Monday when a consecutive period of seven days is complete. The bill also allows individuals with different fishing licenses to go out and catch each of their daily limits from the same boat (currently prohibited).

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