Immediately after the Senate unanimously passed the 2010 deficit reduction plan, Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed it into law.

“Tens of thousands of anglers, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy their hobbies, enjoy the great outdoors in Connecticut without having to pay higher fees/ Our state parks have been the getaways of choice for generations of families and we want to keep it that way,” Rell said Wednesday. “This bill was a product of much hard work and great compromise and I am grateful for the Legislature’s cooperation.”

The new law changes nearly 50 different hunting and fishing fees. For example, a fishing that was $40 now costs $28. State park fees have been rolled back nearly 33 percent. In all, the new law reduces outdoor fees by more than $5 million. They fees reductions are paid for with an increase in Department of Motor Vehicle fines.