CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia seniors would pay $25 for a lifetime hunting, fishing and trapping license under a measure passed by the House of Delegates.
But Wednesday's 66-32 vote was largely along party lines after GOP delegates objected to the proposal.
Residents age 65 and older currently don't need licenses. Wednesday's measure would create a new Class XS license for residents who turn 65 after Jan. 1, 2012.
Supporters say the $25 fee will help draw down matching federal funds for outdoor sporting programs. But House Republicans questioned the potential windfall. They sought unsuccessfully to amend the bill to leave a lifetime license as an option.
Lawmakers have debated a lifetime license for several years. It advances to the Senate.