No Salt Water Fishing “Tax” In Ocean State
Governor Carcieri vetoed the bill imposing a $7 license fee for salt-water fishing. As the ProJo reports, “This is the Ocean State,” Carcieri stated. “It is a place where people have been free, up to now, to cast a line into Narragansett Bay without government intrusion.” He means the federal government, too.
Congress mandated the licensing of all saltwater fishermen several years ago, aiming to establish a more reliable way of tracking recreational fishing. Any state without a registry would have to submit to federal licensing, which costs more than the proposed $7 fee for Rhode Island…. Carcieri cited the Tenth Amendment, which states that “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
To which Carcieri added, “Mandating that all persons seeking to cast a fishing line in Narragansett Bay for the purposes of recreational fishing should be required to pay an annual licensing fee and register with the government is excessively intrusive.”