HARRISBURG – A bill drafted by Senator Doug Mastriano (PA-33) to provide free fishing licenses for disabled first responders unanimously passed the Senate today.
The bill was inspired by Officer Rick Phillips of the 33rd District. In 2010, Officer Phillips was severely injured in the line of duty while in a vehicle pursuit of a suspect. Since his injury, Officer Phillips has become an active advocate on behalf of all disabled police officers.
SB 272 will allow disabled first responders to qualify for a free fishing license by providing written verification from a doctor proving they are 100 percent disabled. The verification must also substantiate that the disability occurred while the first responder was in the line of duty. Applicants must be Pennsylvania residents.
“Our first responders face grave dangers each time they respond to a call.,” said Senator Mastriano. We are indebted to those who risk their lives and well-being to protect us. Every day we ask this of them. And every day they rise to the challenge and sacrifice. Offering first responders, who have been disabled while in the line of duty, an opportunity to participate in fishing activities for free is a small – but important – gesture to honor their bravery and express our gratitude for their sacrifice.”
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
CONTACT: Josh Herman