Relates to the cost of various hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the cost of various hunting, fishing and trapping licenses
To lower the age limits in which persons are entitled to receive a reduction in fees for various hunting, fishing and trapping licenses under the Environmental Conservation Law
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amends Subdivision 2 of Section 11-0715 of the Environmental Conservation Law to lower from 70 to 65 the age in which a person is entitled to receive a fishing license, trapping license, and/or hunting license, at a cost of $5.00 for each license. This bill also lowers from 70 to 65 the age in which a person is entitled to receive, free of charge, a bow hunting privilege and/or muzzle-loading privilege.
Also lowers age limits for reduction in various life-time hunting, fishing, trapping, archery and muzzle-loading licenses and fees therefore subject to the same privileges and obligations of a comparable short-term license.
The term "senior citizen" is usually synonymous with a person sixty-five years of age or older. Age sixty five is the standard retirement age in the United States and is the age at which individuals become eligible for Medicare. New York State offers other senior citizen tax breaks, credits and reductions when an individual reaches age sixty-five. This bill, by changing the senior citizen age accepted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from seventy to sixty-five would make it align with the majority of other New York State and federal senior citizen recognitions.
To be determined
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4176 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 5, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. O'MARA -- 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 the cost of various 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 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 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 fish- ing 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 exclud- ing members of the inactive national guard and individual ready reserve, is entitled to receive free of charge a fishing 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.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02366-01-5 S. 4176 2
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]SIXTY- FIVE is entitled 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]SIXTY- FIVE is entitled to receive free of charge a bowhunting privilege and a muzzle-loading privilege. Each applicant for a license, permit or privilege shall pay to the issuing officer a fee, according to the license, permit or privilege issued and the residence or other qualification of the applicant. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 11-0702 of the environmental conserva- tion law, as amended by section 16 of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: 1. There are hereby created the following lifetime hunting, fishing, trapping, archery and muzzle-loading privileges and fees therefor subject to the same privileges and obligations of a comparable short term license: Licenses Fees a. Lifetime license including a hunting license, fishing license and turkey permit. If purchased, for a child four years of age or younger $380.00 for a child age five through eleven years of age $535.00 for a person age twelve through [sixty-nine]SIXTY-FOUR years of age $765.00 for a person age [seventy]SIXTY-FIVE and over. $ 65.00 b. Lifetime hunting license. $535.00 c. Lifetime fishing license for a person age [sixty-nine]SIXTY-FOUR or younger. $460.00 d. Lifetime fishing license for a person age [seventy]SIXTY-FIVE and over. $ 65.00 e. Lifetime trapping license. $395.00 f. Lifetime archery privilege. $235.00S. 4176 3
g. Lifetime muzzle- loading privilege. $235.00 h. For transfer to a person pursuant to section 11-0704 of this title $ 50.00 The holder of a lifetime hunting license or lifetime fishing license may, at any time, convert such license to a lifetime license pursuant to paragraph a of this subdivision for an additional fee equal to the difference between the current fee for the new license and the fee originally paid for the license. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.