Relates to fees charged for certain hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to fees charged for certain hunting, fishing and trapping licenses
PURPOSE: This legislation would amend the current fee structure to allow certified DEC Sportsman Education Instructors to receive a free Resident Super-Sportsman License.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would amend the Environmental Conservation Law to entitle DEC instructors to receive a free Resident Super-Sportsman License, in years which they record 20 or more hours of service, and only if they have volunteered for the past three consecutive years.
JUSTIFICATION: Currently, these instructors have to go through a certification process and volunteer countless hours of their time and receive no compensation for their hard work. These instructors have a passion for their sport and have graciously volunteered their time to help prevent fatalities and reduce injuries associated with hunting. Often times, instructors are required to supply their own props or materials and all instructors donate their time and energy, all without compensation. Giving free Resident Super-Sportsman licenses to these instructors is the least we can do to thank them for their continued service to the state of New York. Instructors are required to complete education time and activity records for each course they teach, so such records could easily be used to determine an instructor's eligibility for the free license.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S6038/A9252 of 2011-12; Referred to Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1112 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, GALLIVAN, 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 fees charged for certain hunting, fishing and trapping licenses 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 fish- ing license, a small and big game license, and a trapping license;
[and]A RESIDENT OF THE STATE WHO FULLY CERTIFIES AS A SPORTSMAN EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR, ACCORDING TO THE GUIDELINES OF THE DEPARTMENT, WHO RECORDS TWENTY OR MORE HOURS OF INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICE PER-YEAR FOR THREE CONSEC- UTIVE YEARS, IS ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FREE OF CHARGE A RESIDENT SUPER-SPORTSMAN LICENSE; AND a resident who is blind is entitled toEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02271-01-3 S. 1112 2
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 limitation 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.