Advocating for people with disabilities, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande has introduced legislation that will allow the disabled to obtain free fishing licenses.
“With the Special Olympics here in New Jersey, we are all reminded of the joy sports and recreation can bring to people with physical and intellectual challenges,” said Casagrande. “By providing free fishing licenses to those with disabilities, we can provide even more opportunities for these individuals to try something new.”
Casagrande said the issue was raised by a constituent with an adult son with autism who lives in a group home.
“He explained that many in a state group home are below poverty level with limited or no funds available,” she stated. “This legislation could make it possible for these residents to enjoy the wonderful sport of fishing and our beautiful state parks.”
People between the ages of 16 and 69 are required to possess a valid fishing license to fish the fresh waters of New Jersey.
Free New Jersey freshwater fishing licenses are available for New Jersey National Guard personnel, resident New Jersey veterans with a service-connected disability, and New Jersey residents afflicted with total blindness.