Bill to raise fine for killing bald eagle gets OK

Bill to raise fine for killing bald eagle gets OK

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State lawmakers have approved a bill to increase the fine for killing a bald eagle.

State Rep. Roger Barrus, R-Centerville, sponsored House Bill 34. Following House approval, the state Senate unanimously approved the measure on Friday. It now goes to Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Because the bald eagle was recently removed from the federal endangered species list, the fine for killing the bird dropped to $100. Barrus' bill increases the fine to $1,000, the same as it was before the bald eagle was taken off the list.

Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, the bill's Senate sponsor, says the measure will help keep the bald eagle from going back on the list.

Information from: Deseret News

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