Waives certain fishing and hunting fees for residents of the state who performed military service in combat or subject to hostile fire or imminent danger for the five years immediately after his or her return to this state from such military service.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to waiving certain fishing and hunting fees for certain members of the military serving during a period of war
PURPOSE: To allow Honorably Discharged Veterans who served in a period of wax to receive--free of charge--a fishing license, a small and big game license, and a trapping license.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section One - Subdivision 2 of Section 11-0715 of the Environmental Conservation Law is amended to provide that for a period of five years commencing after an honorable discharge, a Veteran is entitled to receive the following triumvirate of licenses free of charge, for a period of five years: fishing, small and big game, and trapping.
Section Two - This act would take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: Current law provides free hunting and fishing licenses to certain enumerated classes of individuals, such as those over the age of seventy, members of certain indigenous tribes, and active members of the armed forces. It seems entirely logical to extend this minute modicum of courtesy to Honorably Discharged War Veterans, who fought for every light and privilege that we enjoy at every moment of every day.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2005/06 - A.10394 - Referred to Environmental Conservation 2007/08 - A.5929 - Referred to Environmental Conservation 2009/10 - A.6503 - Referred to Environmental Conservation 5/24/11 Reported and Committed to Finance 2/14/12 Recommit, Enacting Clause Stricken
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2564 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 22, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to waiv- ing certain fishing and hunting fees for certain members of the mili- tary serving during a period of war 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; A RESIDENT OF THE STATE WHO PERFORMED MILITARY SERVICE DURING A PERIOD OF WAR AND WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED, IS ENTITLED, FOR THE FIVE YEARS IMME- DIATELY SUCCEEDING HIS OR HER RETURN TO THE STATE FROM SUCH MILITARY SERVICE, 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 purposesEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07291-01-3 S. 2564 2
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 great- er 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.