Mar. 13th, 2018
Delegate Gooditis Passes Bill to Encourage Out-of-State Anglers to Cast a Line in Virginia Waters
RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke County) passed a bill through the General Assembly this month that encourages anglers and their families to visit the Commonwealth by loosening fishing license requirements for their children.
HB 1151 reduces confusion for families by allowing out-of-state youths under 16 to fish without a license, something already allowed for Virginia residents. Previously, the law required non-residents to obtain a fishing license at the age of 12.
Experts in tourism and outdoorsmanship expect the bill to make Virginia more appealing as a destination for camping and fishing. “The bill should be a boost to tourism. It helps us recruit and retain anglers,” said Tom Guess of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
“This bill will make it so families don’t have to jump through awkward hoops to enjoy angling here in Virginia. We want to families from across the region and the country to come and enjoy our parks and the great natural beauty of the Commonwealth,” said Delegate Wendy Gooditis. “I was happy to work with my colleagues across the aisle to ensure we could get this bill passed.”
Legislative Aide Truman Braslaw
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Delegate Wendy Gooditis was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in November, 2017. A woman of many talents, Wendy has worked as a technologist at Bell Laboratories, made the short list for the U.S. Olympic Team as an equestrian, taught in the Clarke County public schools, and sold real estate. She lives in Boyce, Virginia with her husband, six horses, and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.