Committee limits Internet sale of hunting, fishing licenses

Committee limits Internet sale of hunting, fishing licenses
Aberdeen American News – Aberdeen,SD,USA

PIERRE, S.D. – State government should not be allowed to sell general hunting and fishing licenses on the Internet, a South Dakota Senate committee recommended Tuesday.

If the Game, Fish and Parks Department sells licenses directly on its Internet site, that discourages hunters and anglers from buying their licenses at stores where they are likely to also buy other items, said Sen. Julie Bartling, D-Burke, the main sponsor of the bill.

SB190 bars the department from selling general licenses on its Internet site. The bill says the department Internet site must direct people to a listing of licensing agents.

Sen. John Koskan, R-Wood, said once people are directed to a store’s Internet site, they could then buy a license online. If a small store is not open in the evening or at night, it could direct inquiries to larger stores that could issue licenses through the Internet, he said.

State Game, Fish and Parks Secretary John Cooper said people now can buy a license on the department’s Internet site and print a copy of it.

Some South Dakota stores might be able to provide the same service so license buyers could get an electronic copy of their license immediately, lawmakers said

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