Governor vetoes game and fish bill

Gov. Pawlenty today vetoed a sweeping game and fish bill passed in the closing hours of the 2010 legislative session.

Pawlenty signaled last week that the bill could be in trouble when he said he had deep concerns over several provisions. One sore spot was the language allowing anglers to fish with two lines. Another was the provision Sen.Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, got included to improve the walleye population on a northern Minnesota lake where he owns a cabin. Republican Senators have asked for an ethics panel inquiry of Chaudhary’s actions .

In a veto message to legislative leaders, Pawlenty said the bill would have established a harmful precedent for managing natural resources.

The bill also included a new program to pay landowners to allow public hunting access, free fishing for kids under 16 and a earlier start for the duck hunting season.

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