New Jersey Bill to Expand Funding for “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs”

Legislation introduced in New Jersey would more than double funding for a program intended to prevent drug use in young people by encouraging them to go fishing. Senate Bill 2604 would increase funding for the state’s “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” program from $200,000 to $450,000. The program, started in 2012, has now expanded into 12 cities throughout the state.

“This program is a win-win, helping to prevent drug addiction while working to support the next generation’s entry into the outdoor life and this terrific legislation does just that,” said Dillon Barto, manager of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “It’s something everyone should support.”

Sportsmen should contact their State Senator and the members of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee to voice their support for this legislation. Emails should be sent to:

Chairman Bob Smith: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislative-roster/53/senator-smith/contact

Senator Linda Greenstein: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislative-roster/329/senator-greenstein/contact

Senator Richard Codey: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislative-roster/82/senator-codey/contact

Senator Edward Durr: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislative-roster/439/senator-durr/contact

Senator Jean Stanfield: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/legislative-roster/435/senator-stanfield/contact

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