Originally posted on CBS Connecticut:
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Legislation creating a new lottery in Connecticut for bear hunting licenses cleared a key legislative committee on Wednesday.
The Environment Committee voted 19-to-9 in favor of a bill requiring the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to submit a report next year on the possibility of establishing a lottery. Proponents said it would be a way to raise revenue to help pay for things like parks and hatcheries, charging hunters $10 for the opportunity to purchase a $200 bear hunting permit.
While Connecticut does not currently have a bear hunting season, lawmakers said DEEP has the authority to establish one it decides it’s necessary.