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Ariz Game and Fish Commission opposes House bill

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has voted unanimously to oppose a proposed state House bill that would reserve a large number of big game tags for a “qualified organization” to resell at auction or raffle.

As part of its 5-0 vote Tuesday to oppose House Bill 2072, the commissioners say they’re concerned over which organizations would qualify, how money would be spent, who would benefit and what accountability there would be over expenditures.

Commissioners pointed out that the proposed legislation differs from current law that authorizes the commission to issue a small number of big game tags to nonprofit organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation.

The bill was originally slated for a hearing in the House Commerce Committee on Wednesday, but that meeting has since been delayed indefinitely.

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