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Proposal to limit power of wildlife officers dropped

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A top House Democrat has backed off his
proposal to restrict the police powers of Kentucky Fish and
Wildlife officers.
The proposal was removed from a bill that cleared the House
Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Thursday.
Kentucky Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett promised to redouble
efforts to make sure conservation officers focus on enforcing
hunting, fishing and boating laws.
Rep. Bob Damron of Nicholasville had proposed restricting the
wildlife officers to enforcing those gaming laws. Damron said he
was responding to complaints that the officers strayed from their
mission by writing speeding tickets and handling other traditional
policing duties.
Damron - a member of House leadership - said he backed off his
proposal after getting the commitment that conservation officers
will focus on their mission.
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The legislation is House Bill 429.

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