Senate Protects Hunting & Fishing Privileges for All Disabled Kids

By Jimmy Holley

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate yesterday closed a loophole in existing law that limited certain disabled individuals’ ability to purchase a fishing or hunting license at the reduced cost. Senator Jimmy Holley (R-Elba) sponsored and passed Senate Bill 321 to ensure all young disabled individuals receive the same privilege.

“A family I know in the Wiregrass had two children that were born blind. Now they’re teenagers, but they had a change in family circumstance. That disqualified them for a reduced cost fishing license under current law,” explained Holley. “Under this bill, these constituents won’t be penalized just because federal disability law is applied differently for different family situations. It’s just the right thing to do.”

Under existing law, persons who are disabled and receive benefits under certain designated federal and state disability programs are eligible to purchase a fishing or hunting license at a reduced cost. A child who was receiving Social Security benefits as a disabled child, but becomes disqualified for the federal disability benefit based on a change in family circumstances, loses eligibility for a disabled fishing or hunting license.

Senator Holley’s bill specifies that the disabled child in a new family situation could continue to purchase a disabled fishing or hunting license until the child is age twenty-one.

“No one should be treated differently because they’re disabled or because of their family situation,” concluded the senator.

Senator Jimmy Holley (R-Elba) represented Alabama State Senate District 31, which includes Coffee, Pike, Dale, and Covington Counties. He is Chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.