MONTGOMERY — Decatur officials are speaking out against a bill to again allow net fishing on the Tennessee River, and they're urging the state Senate to kill it.

"The recreational fishermen in the area are certainly against it, especially those who have been around for a while like I have," Decatur Mayor Don Kyle said. "We've seen the effect."

House Bill 258, which passed the House with support from north Alabama lawmakers, would allow commercial fishermen's nets to return to the waterways. Supporters said banning the nets has hurt an industry. The ban is decades old but wasn't enforced by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources until late 2012.

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