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Ruud supports aquatic invasive species program

State Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, supports the new aquatic invasive species (AIS) program that would replace the controversial trailer decal program that was met with great skepticism when it was passed in 2012.

State Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, supports the new aquatic invasive species (AIS) program that would replace the controversial trailer decal program that was met with great skepticism when it was passed in 2012.

Under the new program, when an individual purchases a fishing or boating license, AIS rules and regulations will be attached to the license. Individuals will simply check a box on their license stating they will comply with all AIS rules and regulations.

It is important to note this program has no added cost to individuals.

"This will be a much more effective and easier to understand program than the previous trailer decal program," said Ruud. "It makes sense to have individuals agree to follow AIS regulations when they purchase their fishing and boat licenses, especially for individuals from out of state. The previous program required you to take an online class, place a decal on your trailer, and pay a fee which did not go into the AIS account. It was simply more complicated than it needed to be."

The legislation, which was contained in SF 2101, passed off the Senate floor Wednesday, April 22, and now awaits a conference committee between House and Senate members to reconcile the differences between their two bills.

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