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BOISE, Idaho. - The Senate backed charging higher fees for rafts, kayaks and other non-motorized boats that float on Idaho's lakes and streams, to help pay for a program to keep invasive species out of the state.
     
The chamber voted 21-14 for hikes on Tuesday afternoon. They've passed the House and now go to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.
     
The measure calls for raising fees for stickers that must be put on non-motorized Idaho boats to $7, up from $5, and to $22 for out-of-state boaters, up from $20.
     
For motorized boats from Idaho, the sticker fees would remain $10.
     
Rep. Eric Anderson, a Priest Lake Republican, says the increase will offset costs for about 300 private vendors that the state wants to sell the stickers.
     
Revenue from the stickers pays for a state program to keep invasive species like quagga mussels out of Idaho waters.

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