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Nevada Bill Would Make it Harder to Revoke Hunting Licenses

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada lawmaker who's feuded publicly with state wildlife officials is pushing forward a bill making it more difficult to revoke a hunting license.

Republican Assemblyman Ira Hansen is sponsoring AB142, which is scheduled for a hearing Thursday in the Senate Natural Resources Committee. It passed the Assembly 24-18.

The bill authorizes courts and justices to revoke or suspend a license if a person reaches a certain level of demerit points due to certain wildlife violations, ranging from fishing without a license to hunting animals in a helicopter. The bill reduces demerit points for several violations.

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Hansen publicly fought with the state's department of wildlife over allegations of illegal trapping and won a court battle in November.

Wildlife officials say the current system works fine and doesn't need any changes.