Game and Parks funding bill advances from committee

2014-02-07T12:30:00Z 2014-02-08T01:19:45Z Game and Parks funding bill advances from committeeBy JoANNE YOUNG / Lincoln Journal Star

Senators could get a chance to debate a bill that would provide funding to the state's parks.

The Legislature's Revenue Committee combined two funding bills and advanced the bill (LB814) on Friday, which gives it a shot at debate in this session.

If it is debated, it could be subject to extended debate by Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers, who has said he would hold up any Game and Parks related bills that get to the floor until mountain lion hunting in the state is stopped.

The bill funding combines Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery's LB814, which would credit the Game and Parks Capital Maintenance Fund with the tax from the sale of motorboats and personal watercrafts, with Sen. Galen Hadley's bill (LB841). Hadley's bill would change the point of tax collection on all-terrain vehicles and utility-type vehicles from the retailer to the county treasurer and transfer that money to the Game and Parks fund.

Those collections combined are estimated to be $3.3 million the first year and $3.7 million the second year.

As amended, the transfer of those tax collections for Game and Parks would end after five years, unless the Legislature would extend it.

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