Committee Endorses State Support for Wildlife Department

A Wyoming legislative committee has endorsed a bill that would transfer some of the costs of running the state game and fish department to the state's general fund.

On Thursday, the Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee endorsed a bill to require the state Game and Fish Commission to prepare a separate budget requesting general funds to cover the costs of employee health insurance. The bill also calls for the commission to request general funds for the department's grizzly bear management program.

According to an analysis by the Legislative Service Office, insurance premiums for the department ran over $4.7 million in a recent fiscal year while expenditures for grizzly bear management were nearly $2 million. Game and Fish Department Director Scott Talbott told the committee he supported the bill.

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