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Kansas House barely OKs bill to allow sale of deer permits

February 27, 2019
Kansas state Rep. Troy Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill, watches an electronic tally board as the House votes to approve a bill allowing Kansas landowners to resell their permits to hunt white-tail deer to non-Kansas residents, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Rural lawmakers support the bill as an economic development -development measure but it barely passed because of concerns that it would encourage poaching by trophy hunters. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill that would allow Kansas landowners to resell their permits to hunt white-tail deer to non-Kansas residents has barely passed the state House.

The vote Wednesday was 63-60 and sent the measure to the Senate.

Some rural legislators see the bill as an economic-development measure. Republican Rep. Ken Corbet of Topeka has said it could bring 4,500 tourists a year to Kansas to hunt.

Republican Rep. Joe Seiwert of Pretty Prairie said the additional hunting would decrease the number of vehicle crashes involving deer.

But some state officials have worried the bill would increase poaching by trophy hunters while limiting access to Kansas residents. The Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism opposed the measure.

A similar program two decades ago was suspended after poaching and violations of permit-transfer rules.