Maine LD 913: An Act To Expand Public Opportunities for Wildlife Management Education

LD 913 (subjects: INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE DEPT , POWERS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=913&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor:

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/12/2015 House Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/12/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Davis of Piscataquis, REFERRED to the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in concurrence.
6/9/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-339)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/9/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (H-339) READ and ADOPTED, in concurrence.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-339), in concurrence.

Ordered sent down forthwith.
6/10/2015 House On motion of Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville, the House RECONSIDERED its action whereby the Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-339).
On further motion of the same Representative, the House RECONSIDERED ADOPTION of Committee Amendment “A” (H-339).
On further motion of the same Representative, House Amendment “A” (H-384) to Committee Amendment “A” (H-339) was READ and FAILED ADOPTION.
ROLL CALL NO. 210
(Yeas 30 – Nays 115 – Absent 6 – Excused 0)
Subsequently, Committee Amendment “A” (H-339) was ADOPTED.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-339).
PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/10/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/22/2015 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 349V
116 having voted in the affirmative and 28 in the negative, with 7 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor, since two-thirds of the members of the House so voted.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/23/2015 Senate LD 913 In Senate, June 23, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 26 In Favor and 8 Against , accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the VETO was OVERRIDDEN.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 913 as originally introduced. L.D. 913 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-339) .

An Act To Expand Public Opportunities for Wildlife Management Education

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 12 MRSA 10206, sub- 11 is enacted to read:

11. Species Management Education Fund. The department shall deposit $1 of every hunting license fee collected pursuant to sections 11109 and 11109-A in a separate account within the department, to be known as the Species Management Education Fund. The fund is nonlapsing. The department shall use money in the fund on an annual basis to educate the public on the management of game species. The department may contract with a private entity to provide this education. Education provided pursuant to this section must include information about how hunting and fishing helps to manage specific species. The department may continue its activities pursuant to this subsection during ballot initiative campaigns concerning wildlife issues.

Sec. 2. 12 MRSA 11109, sub- 3, as amended by PL 2013, c. 538, 21 and 22, is further amended to read:

3. Hunting licenses; combination licenses; fees. Hunting licenses, combination licenses and fees are as follows.

A. A resident junior hunting license, for a person 10 years of age or older and under 16 years of age, is $7 $8. Notwithstanding the permit fees established in subchapter 3, a resident junior hunting license includes all permits, stamps and other permissions needed to hunt at no additional cost. A resident junior hunting license does not exempt the holder of the license from lottery-related application requirements under this Part.
B. A resident hunting license, for a person 16 years of age or older, is $25 $26.
C. A resident small game hunting license, for a person 16 years of age or older, which permits hunting for all legal species except deer, bear, turkey, moose, raccoon and bobcat, is $14 $15.
D. A resident combination hunting and fishing license is $42 $43.
E. A resident combination archery hunting and fishing license is $42 $43.
E-1. A resident apprenticeship hunter license, which includes a bear hunting permit and a wild turkey hunting permit under sections 11151 and 11155 respectively, is $25 $26.
F. A nonresident junior hunting license, for a person 10 years of age or older and under 16 years of age, is $34 $35. A nonresident junior hunting license does not exempt the holder of the license from lottery-related application requirements under this Part.
G. A nonresident small game hunting license, which permits hunting of all legal species except deer, bear, turkey, moose, raccoon and bobcat, is $74 $75.
H. A nonresident 3-day small game hunting license, valid for 3 consecutive hunting days, which permits hunting of all legal species except deer, bear, turkey, moose, raccoon and bobcat for the 72-hour period specified on the license, is $49 $50.
I. A nonresident big game hunting license, which permits hunting of all legal species subject to the permit requirements in subchapter 3, is $114 $115.
J. A nonresident combination hunting and fishing license is $149 $150.
K. An alien small game hunting license, which permits hunting of all species except deer, bear, turkey, moose, raccoon and bobcat, is $79 $80.
L. An alien big game hunting license, which permits hunting of all legal species subject to the permit requirements in subchapter 3, is $139 $140.
M. An alien combination hunting and fishing license is $190 $191.
N. A license to use leashed dogs to track wounded animals, which permits a person to use one or more leashed dogs to track a lawfully wounded deer, moose or bear, is $27 $28.
O. A nonresident small game apprenticeship hunter license, which permits the hunting of all legal species except deer, bear, turkey, moose, raccoon and bobcat, is $74 $75.
P. A nonresident big game apprenticeship hunter license, which permits the hunting of all legal species and includes a bear hunting permit and a wild turkey hunting permit under sections 11151 and 11155 respectively, is $114 $115.

Sec. 3. 12 MRSA 11109, sub- 7, as amended by PL 2009, c. 213, Pt. OO, 4, is further amended to read:

7. Archery hunting licenses; combination licenses; fees. Archery hunting licenses, combination licenses and fees are as follows:

A. A resident archery license is $25 $26;
B. A resident combination archery hunting and fishing license is $42 $43;
C. A nonresident archery license is $74 $75; and
D. An alien archery license is $84 $85.

Sec. 4. 12 MRSA 11109, sub- 9, as amended by PL 2009, c. 213, Pt. OO, 5, is further amended to read:

9. Crossbow licenses and fees. Crossbow hunting licenses and fees are as follows:

A. A resident crossbow hunting license is $25 $26;
B. A nonresident crossbow hunting license is $55 $56; and
C. An alien crossbow hunting license is $79 $80.

Sec. 5. 12 MRSA 11109-A, sub- 5, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 477, 4, is amended to read:

5. Fee. The fee for a super pack license is $200 $201 for residents and $175 $176 for a person holding 2 or more lifetime licenses.

Sec. 6. Stakeholders group; 5-year public outreach campaign. The Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife shall convene a stakeholders group to develop recommendations for a 5-year public outreach campaign for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on the department’s efforts to manage game species, including a plan for how money in the Species Management Education Fund under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 10206, subsection 11 is to be used. The commissioner shall report on the recommendations of the stakeholders group, including any suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by February 1, 2016. The joint standing committee may report out a bill regarding the commissioner’s report to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature.

summary

This bill increases hunting license fees by $1 and directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to use that revenue on an annual basis to educate the public on the management of game species. It also directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to convene a stakeholders group to develop a 5-year public outreach campaign on the efforts of the department to manage game species, including a plan on how to use the increased revenue. The commissioner is directed to report by February 1, 2016 to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, which may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature.

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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