Hodges Budget Amendment Seeks VMRC Transparency

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2017

Contact—Mike Hazlewood
757-303-8683

Hodges Budget Amendment Seeks VMRC Transparency

Richmond, VA – Delegate Keith Hodges (R-98th) has submitted budget amendment language to investigate the use of monies from the Virginia Saltwater Development Fund. The amendment language has been included in the House of Delegates budget.

In July 1992, the Virginia General Assembly authorized the implementation of a saltwater recreational fishing license. The funds collected by the Commonwealth of Virginia from the sale of these licenses are deposited in a special non-reverting fund called the Virginia Saltwater Recreational Fishing Development Fund.

The statue designates the monies from the fund to be used on ventures such as improving recreational fishing opportunities, administrating the Virginia Saltwater Sport Fishing Tournament certificates program, conducting research for fisheries management, and creating or restoring habitat for species taken by recreational fishermen. Anglers from around the Commonwealth have voiced their concerns that these funds are not being used in accordance with the statute.

This budget language requires the Virginia Marine Resource Commission to submit an annual report on the uses of monies in the Virginia Saltwater Recreational Fishing Development Fund by December 15th of each year. This report will help to ensure that the monies used by the Virginia Saltwater Recreational Fishing Development Fund are appropriately being used in accordance with the original intent of General Assembly.

 

The Ninety-Eighth district covers Essex, Gloucester, King and & Queen, Mathews, Middlesex Counties, and parts of King William County.

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