Saturday, January 01, 2005

New year ushers in higher fees for boating, fishing

Saturday, January 01, 2005

By Martha Raffaele, The Associated Press



HARRISBURG -- Boating and fishing in Pennsylvania becomes more expensive today as the new year ushers in higher license fees for both activities.

Unlike a year ago, when the calendar change brought a range of new laws -- from a potpourri of higher taxes to the expansion of the state's low-cost prescription drug programs for seniors -- the higher boating and fishing fees are the only automatic change initiated by lawmakers for the start of 2005.

Many of the nearly 240 bills Rendell signed in 2004 have taken effect by now, such as a measure legalizing slot-machine gambling. Some new laws will take effect after Jan. 1, such as a provision allowing the expansion of Sunday liquor sales beginning in February.

And some cities may choose to exercise their new ability to collect a higher tax on workers.

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