Bill S3900A-2013

Provides for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to residents of the state who are active duty members of the U.S. armed forces regardless of duty station

Provides for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to residents of the state who are active duty members of the U.S. armed forces regardless of where such person is stationed.

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  • Jan 29, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 3900A
  • Jan 29, 2014: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Feb 26, 2013: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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BILL NUMBER:S3900A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to state residents who are active duty members of the United States armed services

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides hunting, fishing and trapping licenses at no charge to active duty members of the United States armed services that are residents of New York State and are also stationed in New York.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 2 of section 11-0715 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by section 4 of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, to authorize free fishing licenses, small and big game licenses and trapping licenses to active duty members of the armed services regardless of where he or she is stationed.

Section 2 provides that this law shall take effect immediately, or on the effective date of the amendments of subdivision 2 of section 11-0715 of the environmental conservation law, made by section 4 of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, whichever shall be later.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, Section 11-0715 of the environmental conservation law provides free fishing, hunting and trapping licenses to active duty members of the armed forces who are residents of New York State stationed outside of the State and will be staying in New York for no longer than 30 days. In other words, residents of New York State who are stationed in the State are not eligible for this benefit. This legislation seeks to correct that inconsistency and provide free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to active duty members of the military that are residents of New York State and stationed in the State.

The 2009-10 SPY Enacted Budget amended Section 11-0715 of the environmental conservation law to allow residents of the state who are also active members of the organized militia of the state or in the reserves of any branch of the U.S. armed forces to receive hunting and trapping licenses free of charge.

However, the gap in law still exists for New York State residents who are also members of the U.S. armed forces that happen to also be stationed in New York state. They should be entitled to receive these hunting and trapping licenses free of charge in the same manner that other active members of the U.S. armed forces or reserves and New York state militia members do. This legislation corrects that oversight in law.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011,2012: S.796/A.1909 Referred to Environmental Conservation 2009,2010: S.4676/A.7479 Referred to Environmental Conservation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, or on the effective date of the amendments to subdivision 2 of section 11-0715

of the environmental conservation law, made by section 4 of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, whichever shall be later.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3900--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 26, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, AVELLA, BONACIC, LATIMER, MARCHIONE, MAZIARZ, RANZENHOFER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- recommit- ted to the Committee on Environmental Conservation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to state residents who are active duty members of the United States armed services 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 4 of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, 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 hunting license, a muzzle-loading privilege, a trapping license, and a bowhunting privilege; a resident of the state who is a member of the United States armed forces in active service [who is not] REGARDLESS OF WHERE HE OR SHE IS 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 hunting 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 hunting 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 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 fishing license, a trapping license, and a hunting 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 privilege and a muzzle-load- ing privilege. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, or on the effective date of the amendments to subdivision 2 of section 11-0715 of the environ- mental conservation law, made by section 4 of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, whichever shall be later.

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