Georgia Youth Outdoors Passport Act Signed into Law

May 8, 2018

Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced that the Georgia Youth Outdoors Passport Act (SB 332) was officially signed into law. This legislation launches a new and innovative program focused on introducing Georgia’s families and youth to the outdoors, encouraging more Georgians to participate in outdoor sports at lower costs.

“Georgia’s natural resources are abundant, and it’s important that our families participate in hunting and fishing activities to carry on our rich outdoor traditions,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “I’m grateful for the leadership of Senator Tyler Harper and so many organizations across our state which supported the passage of this significant legislation, as I’m confident it will yield great results for our families and youth.”

SB 332, sponsored by Senator Tyler Harper, establishes the Outdoor Passport License Program, enabling first-time hunters and anglers of all ages to receive an Outdoor Passport License at a reduced cost. The legislation also creates an outdoor mentor training program at the Department of Natural Resources, allowing Georgia’s outdoorsmen and women to teach our state’s celebrated pastimes to our next generation.

“We’re lucky to live in a state that is connected to our food supply and natural resources, and it’s vital that we promote outdoor sports through an experienced network,” added Senator Harper. “I applaud Lt. Governor Cagle for his leadership in developing a program that will allow more young Georgians to learn about hunting and fishing while developing respect for Georgia’s great outdoors."

“On behalf of the firearms, ammunition, and hunting industries, the NSSF thanks Gov. Deal for signing SB 332 into law. The passage of this important pro-hunting legislation would not have been possible without the leadership and tireless efforts of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Chairman Tyler Harper,” said Trevor W. Santos, Director of Government Relations – State Affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Oconee County, GA resident. 

“The creation of the Georgia Youth Outdoors Passport will remove some of the barriers associated with getting new hunters afield, and in doing so, ensure our hunting heritage is passed on to future generations of sportsmen and women.”

Danny Kanso
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