Bill to regulate nuisance wildlife industry fails

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A plan to require licensing of businesses that trap nuisance wildlife has been shot down in the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate voted 37-5 on Tuesday against the measure that would have created a new $75 annual permit for such businesses and require business operators to take an annual examination prepared by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Violators could be convicted of a misdemeanor and fined up to $500.

Several members suggested the bill by Broken Arrow Republican Sen. Bill Brown was creating more government red tape for businesses.

Tulsa Republican Sen. Gary Stanislawski described the bill as "ridiculous" and an attempt to overregulate businesses.

The measure had passed the House on a 96-0 vote.

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