It seems that congress has decided that individual states have the right to determine their own regulations for non-residents. WASHINGTON, D.C.Legislation allowing states to continue regulating the sale of hunting and fishing licenses within their borders has been signed into law by President George W. Bush. The legislation, sponsored by several Western lawmakers including U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and John Ensign of Nevada, was in response to a 2002 federal appeals court ruling that said states that put a cap on nonresident hunting licenses must do so in the least discriminatory way. Versions of the bill were passed by the U.S. Senate and House, and then attached to an emergency appropriations bill for defense, terrorism and tsunami relief signed by Bush last week. The bills hunting provision states its in the publics interest for any state to be able to regulate wildlife programs within its boundaries, including by means of laws or regulations that differentiate between residents and nonresidents or the amount of money charged. It further says such restrictions dont fall under the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. The law follows a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an Arizona lawsuit filed by three New Mexico outfitters who claimed license restrictions on nonresident hunters were discriminatory.