By Jonathan Starkey
Delaware is targeting poachers with a new law that allows the state to review the records of wildlife lawbreakers from 39 other states.
Gov. Jack Markell, fresh off a weeklong economic development trip to Israel, signed the legislation Monday to join the Wildlife Violator Compact. State regulators will have access to member state’s suspension data and will use that information to deny applicants with records of poaching and other wildlife violations.
Delaware’s records will also be opened up to other members.
The legislation was passed by the House near midnight June 30, the final night of the legislative session.
“We don’t want people who have shown a disregard for hunting and fishing laws doing the same thing here and threatening our wildlife, but right now, there isn’t a way for a Delaware vendor to know whether someone from out of state has a record that would deny them a license,” Senate Majority Leader David McBride, a Democrat and sponsor of the legislation, said in a statement.