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Brewer signs bill to fix Game & Fish glitch

The new board that recommends appointees to the governor for the Game & Fish Commission will be whole for the first time after Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill fixing a minor glitch that kept its fifth and final seat open.

Brewer on Thursday signed HB2360, which corrected a one-word error in the 2010 bill that created the Game & Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board. The original bill accidentally substituted the word “and” for “or,” which completely changed the intent of the measure.

Each seat on the five-person board is reserved for someone with a specific type of background. The unfilled seat is reserved for a member of a species-specific wildlife organization – or “critter groups,” as they are sometimes known – whose mission is to “to increase, sustain or otherwise conserve wild turkey, deer, elk, pronghorn (antelope), bighorn sheep, ducks, quail and fish.”

But the bill’s drafters accidentally used the word “and” between the words “quail” and “fish” instead of “or” when listing the kinds of groups that could represent the seat on the board, and under the existing language, Brewer’s office said there is no group that meets the criteria.

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