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.

“The intention of the bill is to try and help the agency,” Rep. Craig Miner, R-Litchfield, stressing how the legislation does not direct DEEP to establish a season for bear hunting.

But some legislators voiced concerns Wednesday about the prospect of bear…

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