Bill would increase authority of Game and Fish Department

Mar 2, 2012 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Events on the 14th day of the Budget Session of the Wyoming Legislature:

GAME AND FISH: The House for the second time gave its approval to a Senate bill that would allow the state game and fish commission to set specifications for guns, ammunition and archery equipment that can be used to hunt particular species of game animals. The specifications are currently set in state law.

PUBLIC RECORDS: The House for the second time approved a bill that would refine definitions of public records and make other changes to the law that allows public inspection of records. The House approved an amendment that would require records would be available if they relate directly to state funding of agricultural projects.

WOLF MANAGEMENT: The House gave preliminary approval to a bill that would change the state's wolf management law. The change would make state law comport with an agreement that Gov. Matt Mead reached last summer with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to end federal protection for wolves in the state. Wolves would be protected in a flexible zone around Yellowstone National Park but would be classified as predators that could be shot on sight in the rest of the state.

ETHANOL TAX CREDIT: The House for the second time approved a bill that would repeal the gasoline tax credit for ethanol producers.

DUI PENALTIES: The Senate for the second time voted to advance a bill that would raise the penalties for people who receive a fourth conviction for driving under the influence from a maximum of two years up to a maximum of seven years in prison.

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