Bill To Extend Current Law On Meandered Waters Passes Senate Hearing

(KJJQ) — A bill that would extend provisions covering flooded lands that have become lakes passes 7-2 Thursday in the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. During a special session in June, the legislature passed the measure that opened about 30 lakes that had been closed to fishing due to a Supreme Court ruling. The open water compromise allows landowners close to parts of other lakes that are over their land. The original bill sunsets in June. The Governor’s office is pushing a bill to extend it for three more years. Hunter Roberts is a policy advisor for the Governor

A number of sportsmen and conservation groups spoke against the extension, including Paul Lespisto with the Izaak Walton League. He says they don’t want to go back to the way it was before, but changes should be made this session…

Committee chair Gary Cammack of Union Center..

The extension now moves to the full Senate.