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Pa. House OKs bill to reduce terms of Fish & Boat commissioners

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A bill to reduce term lengths of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commissioners has passed the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 798 would reduce the commissioners' length of terms from eight years to four years.

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) said he proposed the legislation on the heels of sharp decreases in fishing licenses sold each year and the reduction of trout stocked in the state. He said the bill would hold commissioners more accountable to the public.

Similar legislation, House Bill 828, would reduce the terms of the Pennsylvania Game commissioners from eight to four years.

Both bills, which are headed to the Senate for consideration, would allow commissioners to serve multiple terms with appointment by the governor and consent by a majority of the Senate.

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