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Bill S1102-2013

Waives certain fishing and hunting fees for members of the United States armed forces in active service stationed within the state

Waives certain fishing and hunting fees for members of the United States armed forces and the state militia in active service.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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BILL NUMBER:S1102

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to waiving certain fishing and hunting fees for members of the United States armed forces in active service

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This act establishes that state residents who are age 70 or older; members of the US armed forces in active service; active members of the state militia; and members of certain tribes may receive certain licenses, such as fishing, trapping, small and big game free of charge. For residents 70 years of age or older, the turkey permits may be renewable for a five dollar fee. For residents who are blind, fishing licenses may be obtained free of charge.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 11-0715 of the Environmental Conservation Law, as amended by chapter 59 of 2009.

JUSTIFICATION: This act would enable certain state residents to waive paying certain license fees, based on their military service to the state, their age, and/or recognized tribal affiliation. Our Senior citizens have long since contributed to the welfare of our state over a lifetime of labor, dedication and sacrifice. They deserve the small assistance and opportunity for relaxation and pleasure that a free or reduced hunting or fishing license will provide. Similarly, our active armed forces personnel and members of the state militia deserve equal recognition for their dedication and service to our country and the freedom and personal liberties we enjoy because of their service and protection" Likewise, this benefit should be extended to indigenous Indian tribes whose forbearers populated our great state before the European settlers arrived.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.503 of 2007/2048; Referred to Environmental Conservation S.1451 of 2009/2010; Referred to Environmental Conservation S.207 of 2011/2012; Referred to Environmental Conservation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1102 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, LITTLE, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environ- mental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to waiv- ing certain fishing and hunting fees for members of the United States armed forces in active service THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 11-0715 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by section 3 of part KK of chapter 59 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: 2. A member of the Shinnecock tribe or the Poospatuck tribe or a member of the six nations, residing on any reservation wholly or partly within the state, is entitled to receive free of charge a fishing license, a small and big game license, a sportsman license, a muzzle- loading stamp, a trapping license, and a bow hunting stamp; [a resident of the state who is] a member of the United States armed forces in active service who is [not] stationed within the state [and has not been herein longer than thirty days on leave or furlough,] is entitled to receive free of charge a fishing license, a small and big game license, and a trapping license; a resident of the state who is an active member of the organized militia of the state of New York as defined by section one of the military law, or the reserve components of the armed forces of the United States, and excluding members of the inactive national guard and individual ready reserve, is entitled to receive free of charge a fishing license, a small and big game license, and a trapping license; and a resident who is blind is entitled to receive a fishing license free of charge. For the purposes of this subdivision a person is blind only if either: (a) his or her central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with correcting lenses, or (b) his or
her visual acuity is greater than 20/200 but is accompanied by a limita- tion of the field of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees. A resident in the state for a period of thirty days immediately prior to the date of application who has attained the age of seventy is enti- tled to receive a sportsman license at the cost of ten dollars as a license fee. A resident in the state for a period of thirty days immediately prior to the date of application who has attained the age of seventy is enti- tled to receive a fishing license, and a trapping license, at a cost of five dollars for each license. A resident in the state for a period of thirty days immediately prior to the date of application who has attained the age of seventy is enti- tled to receive free of charge a bowhunting stamp and a muzzle-loading stamp. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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