Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state of New York have a plan in place that adds hunting and fishing permits to driver’s license identification cards.
According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the State of the State address, scheduled for January 8, 2014 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, will reveal plans that will attach hunting and fishing permits, a boating safety certificate or certain state park passes to driver’s license, which would no longer require the need to carry multiple documents.
The New York State Adventure License, as the program has been named, will be open to those who purchase lifetime licenses, but closed to day pass and annual hunting permit holders. When renewing a license at the Department of Motor Vehicles, outdoorsmen and women will have the option of adding the notation to indicate their permits.
The majority of the State of the State address from Cuomo will reportedly revolve around the need for $2 billion in tax cuts, and also mention the improvement of 50 state-owned hunting and fishing sites.
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Lifetime outdoors licenses, open to New York residents who have lived in the state for at least a year, vary in price. For a full “sportsmen’s” license, which brings together game, turkey and fishing privileges, runs for $769 for those between the ages of 12 and 69. A lifetime bowhunting license costs $235, and a freshwater fishing license requires a $460 fee.
Cuomo is known for last year’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, which drew criticism from gun right activists because of its stricter gun control regulations. At the same time, Cuomo is considered by many as a sportsman, and has made regular trips to fish in the Adirondack Mountains. Since taking office, he has lowered hunting and fishing license fees, and has adjusted the fee schedule with a budget plan that was approved by the state legislature.