Hunting safety card bill passes House
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) authored House Bill (HB) 1050, allowing those with developmental disabilities to apply for a special circumstances hunting safety card. The bill passed out of the House earlier this week with a vote of 90-5.
Under current law, everyone born during or after 1987 must complete a hunter education program including a lesson course and written test before they can receive a hunting license, which many with developmental disabilities cannot pass.
HB 1050 creates a special circumstances hunting safety card, which would allow disabled individuals the ability to hunt with supervision from a licensed hunter over the age of 18. For years, developmentally disabled Hoosiers have been applying for apprenticeship licenses, but those are limited to three in a lifetime. HB 1050 hopes to give a more permanent solution to those facing this issue.
“These are people who absolutely have the ability to conduct hunting safely and appropriately,” said Rep. Arnold. “Just because a disability bars them from passing the standard test doesn’t mean they should be kept them from being able to hunt. HB 1050 creates a solution that’s in everyone’s best interests.”
HB 1050 will now move to the Senate for further discussion. To find more information on this bill and other pieces of legislation currently moving through the legislative process, please visit www.in.gov/legislative.