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Tougher law against domestic animal trapping gets initial OK

CONCORD — The House on Wednesday gave initial approval to tougher penalties for those who use traps on domestic animals.

Rep. John Burt, R-Goffstown, said the bill makes illegal trapping of domestic animals a “mandatory $1,000 fine and a three-year loss of license.” Anyone who loses his license must complete a trapping-education program before being allowed to reapply for a license.

The bill also establishes a committee to study how trapping laws are administered. The panel would report its findings by Nov. 1 of this year.

After passing on a voice vote, House Bill 1579 was sent to the House Ways and Means Committee for review and recommendation. It will then return to the House for a final vote.

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