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Published March 08, 2013, 09:36 AM

New Bill for Wildlife Fund

The idea of setting up an outdoor wildlife fund didn't make it to voters because of fraud last year. A bill has been crafted to fill that void, but Senator Tyler Axness of Fargo says the legislation still doesn't go far enough for heritage fund supporters.

The idea of setting up an outdoor wildlife fund didn't make it to voters because of fraud last year. A bill has been crafted to fill that void, but Senator Tyler Axness of Fargo says the legislation still doesn't go far enough for heritage fund supporters.

He has a proposal to put the issue on the 2014 general election ballot. Axness says federal cuts will hurt conservation efforts in North Dakota. He says it's time for North Dakota to step up. His plan calls for four percent of the oil and gas production and extraction tax to go into the fund capped at $100 million per year.

Axness: "This would go towards improving water quality, improving animal habitat, being used for park recreation for cities. It also has a sunset clause. So if 25 years from now people feel like this is no longer needed, we can vote to no longer have this continue."

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