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5/4/2016 Senate OKs Coyne bill allowing online application for hunting and fishing licenses
STATE HOUSE – The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne that would facilitate the creation of a system to allow Rhode Islanders to apply for hunting and freshwater fishing licenses online.

The legislation (2016-S 2799) authorizes and directs the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to contract with a vendor to develop and implement a web-based system that would allow Rhode Islanders to apply for their licenses online, and would also allow “bricks and mortar” agents to submit applications from their establishments via the Internet. Saltwater fishing licenses are already available online, and Senator Coyne said the success of that application shows that online licensing is a good idea for Rhode Island.

Senator Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence) said she submitted the legislation at the request of DEM for the convenience of Rhode Island hunters and fishermen and women.

“Many people prefer to do their business online whenever possible. My legislation will allow people to continue to get their hunting or fishing license at their town hall, their local hunting or tackle shop or wherever else they currently do, but will also mean that the online option will be available for anyone who wants it. For some busy people, having the option to apply for a license anywhere with an Internet connection, at whatever hour of the day they remember to do it,  might be the difference between getting a license one year, and not,” said Senator Coyne. “In 2016, Rhode Island should be moving in the direction of offering online applications for more of citizens’ transactions with the state.”

The legislation, which is cosponsored by Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket), Sen. Marc A. Cote (D-Dist. 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield), Sen. Adam J. Satchell (D-Dist. 9, West Warwick) and Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston), will now go to the House of Representatives, where companion legislation (2016-H 7895) has been introduced by Rep. Cale P. Keable (D-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glocester.)

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923