A legislative committee has unanimously approved a resolution to study a possible merger of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
The resolution now goes to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
Rep. Martin Causer, R-McKean, chairman of the House Game and Fisheries Committee, said the study would look at the financial feasibility, impact, costs and savings that may be realized by combining the agencies.
"Hunting and fishing are an important part of our heritage, and we need to look at all of the options available to help preserve these activities for generations to come," Causer said. "The study will give us the good, solid information we need to make the best decisions for the Commonwealth's hunters and anglers."
If the resolution earns final approval in the full House, the study is expected to take about six months.