HARRISBURG – A bill allowing the PA Fish and Boat Commission to set its own fees has passed the Legislature and is awaiting Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature to become law. House Bill 808 was introduced by Dauphin County Rep. Tom Mehaffie so that the Commission no longer would need to have fees established by lawmakers. He said the Fish and Boat Commission is an independent administrative agency that deserves the flexibility and autonomy to set fees as it sees fit. The commission does not receive General Fund revenue and instead relies on fee revenue for its operations. Under the bill, the General Assembly would retain the right to reject any fee change and anglers and boaters would have opportunity to comment during two separate public meetings required to set fees by the board of commissioners. It grants the fee-setting authority to the Commission for three years. After that, authority would be re-evaluated by the Legislature.

REP. TOM MEHAFFIE