GAME AND FRESH WATER FISH COMMISSION'S
1997 LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE
FLORIDA GAME AND FRESH WATER FISH COMMISSION
E M O R N D U M January 7, 1997
TO: Joyce Pugh, Staff Analyst
House of Representatives Committee on Water and
Resource Management AL
FROM: Dr. Allan L. Egbert, Executive Director
SUBJECT: 1997 Legislative Priorities
Our highest legislative priority is to resolve a $3 million
shortfall in the State Game Trust Fund. Our legislative agenda
will focus on resolving this problem and is as follows:
1. Seek additional general revenue to alleviate the $3
million shortfall in the trust fund.
2. Seek sponsorship for legislation to:
adjust commercial and special-use license fees to
cover costs of wildlife inspections; these fees have
not been adjusted since the early 1970's.
adjust recreational license fees and authorize an
automatic adjustment of such license fees in the future
based upon the cost-of-living index.
flexibility in providing land-owner payments with
area permit fees sufficient to offer greater incentives
for private landowners to keep land in the Wildlife
Management Area system and consequently provide savings
to the State Game Trust Fund.
exempt participants in fishing tournaments from sales
tax and thereby encourage fishing tournaments in
authorize our promotion of the enjoyment of Florida's
wildlife resources by engaging in advertising and
promotional partnerships with the public and private
sectors (modeled after legislation for the Department
of Commerce) and allow recovery of costs for some of
our informational and educational services.
3. To the extent that budget cuts are necessary to help
alleviate the shortfall, we have developed a 1997-98 Program
Reductions list. (Program Reductions attached).
Memorandum to Ms. Joyce Pugh
January 7, 1997
4. In addition, we have priority issues in our budget
request, the most important of which is an appropriation to
relocate employees of the West Palm Beach Region to a new office
due to serious problems with air and environmental quality in the
current office building. (Priority Issues attached).