License Simplification – Timeline, process and background information
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Department will implement a new hunting and fishing license structure and license/tag fees beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
Below, in reverse chronological order, is a timeline of activities and description of the process involved in establishing the new structure and fees.
Game and Fish Commission approves new license structure and fees (Aug. 3, 2013)
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved a new (final) hunting and fishing license structure and license/tag fees at its Aug. 3, 2013 meeting in Flagstaff, Ariz. The final structure and fees are unchanged from the draft structure and fees presented to (and approved by) the Commission at its June 2013 meeting. They are scheduled take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
Game and Fish Commission approves new draft license structure and fees (June 15, 2013)
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission approved a draft hunting and fishing license structure and license/tag fees at its June 15 meeting in Payson, Ariz. The proposal was then taken to the public for a "Phase 2" comment period from June 20 to Aug. 3, 2013.
In approving the draft, the commission took into consideration a variety of factors, including comments on the conceptual license structure and fees received during Phase 1 of the public input process in May and June. The Game and Fish Department received 658 comments from more than 200 people who attended 17 public meetings, and received more than 800 comments via e-mail. The department also conducted a science-based mail survey of hunters and anglers and received more than 1,480 responses.
One of the most discussed concepts was that of a “premium” hunt structure for certain deer and elk hunts. Based on the public comment received -- predominantly against the premium concept -- the commission did not include a premium hunt structure in the draft proposal.
Other factors the commission took into consideration in approving the draft were prior statutory fee caps, the opportunity to simplify the license structure and offer bundled privileges for more value, removal of barriers for the recruitment of new hunters and anglers, reduced cost for youth, and the need to maintain department revenue and services.
Game and Fish holds public meetings to discuss license and fee concepts (May-June 2013)
The Arizona Game and Fish Department hosted a series of 17 public meetings statewide to seek the public’s input in developing a new hunting and fishing license structure and fees, as authorized by the recent passage of Senate Bill 1223. Department staff presented a conceptual license structure and fees and encouraged discussion and input on a variety of concepts. The meetings were held in Pinetop, Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson, Flagstaff, Yuma, Kingman, Page, Globe, Lake Havasu City, Sierra Vista, Payson, Safford, Wickenburg, Eagar, Prescott and Ajo. The Phoenix meeting (on May 20) was webcast over the Internet.
During this "Phase 1" comment period, the public was able to submit comment at the meetings, by U.S. mail, or to a dedicated e-mail address, LicenseSimplification@azgfd.gov. The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Commission took these comments into consideration when formulating a draft license and fee structure that was presented at the June 15, 2013 Commission meeting.
Governor approves SB 1223; Commission approves public outreach process (May 2013)
Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1223 into law on May 7. The legislation allows the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to set future license structure and fees (including all licenses types, permits, tags, stamps and watercraft registrations) directly through a streamlined, customer focused process as opposed to the existing complex legislative and rulemaking processes. The bill will allow simplification of the license structure, enable the Commission and Department to operate more like a business, and provide the Commission the flexibility to respond to customer demand and market conditions in a timely manner.
The Commission, at its May 11 meeting in Kingman, Ariz., approved the Department’s proposed public outreach process to present a conceptual license structure and fees. The process included a schedule of 17 public meetings statewide, a webcast, and a dedicated e-mail address to submit comment.
Background information on SB 1223
View more information about the process and activities involved regarding Senate Bill 1223.