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House OKs limits on Game and Fish appointment

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Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 2:21 pm | Updated: 3:44 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The House gave final approval Thursday to a measure putting some new limits on who the governor can choose for the state Game and Fish Commission.

Under current law the governor makes her or his own choice, subject only to Senate confirmation. SB1200, which already has been approved by the Senate, instead would limit that choice to those specifically recommended by a special screening panel, a panel that would be dominated by those representing hunting interests.

Rep. Jerry Weiers, R-Glendale, said the change is fair because hunters and anglers generate most of the proceeds for the commission.

The move is opposed by the Game and Fish Commission. Jennifer Martin, who chairs the panel, said there is no reason to give certain groups, who may not represent a majority of hunters, that much say over future appointees.

Gov. Jan Brewer has not said what she intends to do with the measure.

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