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Legislation would increase price of duck stamps

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The price of duck stamps would go up under legislation just introduced in the Senate. The Migratory Bird Habitat Investment & Enhancement Act (S. 1865) would allow the price to rise from $15 to $25 with another $5 increase possible five years hence. The second increase would last another five years for the stamps, officially known as Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps .

The legislation first became available on the official congressional website on Saturday, Dec. 28. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced the measure with three cosponsors. It was referred to the Committee on Environment & Public Works. You can read it at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:S.1865:.

The price hasn't risen since 1991.

The legislation would also allow waivers of the fees in unspecified instances as long as the impact on the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund would be “minimal.” Begich says he intends the waivers to apply to subsistence hunters who rely on shooting waterfowl for food in Alaska.

Read Begich's statement on the bill at www.begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=04c0c67d-6861-4e....

Ducks Unlimited endorsed the measure. Read the organization's statement at http://www.ducks.org/news-media/senate-bill-introduced-to-raise-price-of-federal-duck-stamp?poe=whatsnew.

All additional money raised would go to the fund to preserve and protect waterfowl habitat.

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