New Jersey lawmakers have voted to block the state’s fishing ban from expanding to the Hudson Valley.
The state’s House and Senate are poised to take up a bill that would ban the state from granting fishing licenses to anyone under the age of 18.
That would make New Jersey the first in the nation to end the practice of restricting fishing in the Hudson River watershed.
The bill would also prohibit the state and local governments from issuing fishing licenses for more than 10 years.
It also bars local governments or the federal government from approving fishing licenses that expire more than a year later.
The ban on issuing fishing license for juveniles is already in place in New Jersey, and the state has a fishing season that lasts only one day.
The current limit for adults is 15 years old.
But New Jersey’s ban on granting licenses to people under the 18-year-old age bracket would affect the state of Hudson Valley fishermen who are in the water with their children.
New Jersey Fish and Game says the ban is not in place to discourage people from fishing.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission said the law is aimed at protecting the state-owned fishing grounds from potential pollution of the Hudson.
“We’re very concerned that this will create a situation where people will not be able to take a day trip and catch the fish that they would like to catch,” said Fish and Wildlife Commission chairman Brian McKeon.
New Jersey is one of the few states that allows younger adults to hunt for trout and other fish in its waters.
The state also has a recreational fishing ban that was first enacted in 2004.
In the past, state lawmakers have attempted to reinstate the fishing ban.
In 2013, the Legislature passed legislation to allow the state to renew the fishing license of anyone younger than 18 who has taken at least one course in the previous 12 months.
In response to the bill, New Jersey Sen. Bill Keating (D-Jersey City) said he plans to introduce a bill to extend the fishing permit for younger adults, including a $1,000 fee for any person over 18.
New York lawmakers are also considering a bill expanding the fishing age to 18.
A Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill on the subject, which would also expand the age to 17 for those who are fishing at least once a week.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that lawmakers have been considering legislation to extend fishing licenses from the old fishing age of 16 to 18 years old for several years.