Authorizes DEC to designate additional fishing events as rehabilitation for armed forces veterans or active members.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to fishing events as rehabilitation for members of the United States armed forces
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would allow the Department of Environmental Conservation to designate organized fishing events that provide physical and emotional rehabilitation for current and former Members of the Armed Services.
JUSTIFICATION: In addition to the Sport fishing clinics which are already authorized in statute, this bill would allow the Department of Environmental Conservation to designate organized fishing events that provide physical and emotional rehabilitation for current and former Members of the Armed Services. Those participating in these events would not have to obtain a fishing license.
This bill seeks to provide the Department of Environmental Conservation with the flexibility to designate fishing events for both our veterans and active duty Members of the Armed Services. By doing this it will allow our current and former military personnel with the chance to relax and unwind while enjoying one of New York State's great outdoor activities - fishing. This is the least we can do for all of those who have courageously served and continue to serve in the military.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7041 of 2009-10
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 656--A Cal. No. 11 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. VALESKY, BALL, RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environ- mental Conservation -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to fish- ing events as rehabilitation for members of the United States armed forces THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 16 of section 11-0305 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 292 of the laws of 1996 and as renumbered by section 2 of part F of chapter 82 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows: 16. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, to authorize no more than four free sport fishing clinics in each year for each separate administrative region of the department, provided however that nothing in this subdivision shall preclude the department from conducting addi- tional free sport fishing clinics during free sport fishing days desig- nated by the commissioner pursuant to subdivision
[fifteen]FOURTEEN of this section. A free sport fishing clinic shall include, but not be limited to, instruction provided by employees of the department in recreational angling, including its benefits and values, and may also include instruction and other information relevant to an understanding of fisheries management, ethics and aquatic ecology and habitat. No license is required to take fish by angling while participating in a fishing clinic conducted by the department that has been designated by the commissioner as a free sport fishing clinic. Such clinics shall beEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03515-03-1 S. 656--A 2
implemented in a manner determined by the department to best provide public notice thereof and to maximize public participation therein, so as to promote the recreational opportunities afforded by sport fishing. FURTHER, THE COMMISSIONER MAY DESIGNATE ADDITIONAL FISHING EVENTS ORGAN- IZED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT THAT PROVIDE PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL REHABILI- TATION FOR VETERANS, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED FIFTY OF THE EXECUTIVE LAW, OR ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, AS DEFINED IN 10 U.S.C. SECTION 101(D)(1). NO LICENSE SHALL BE REQUIRED FOR SUCH VETERANS OR ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS TO TAKE FISH BY ANGLING WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THESE EVENTS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.