Requires the department of environmental conservation to issue documentation of hunter safety course completion.
Ayes (62): Adams, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Fuschillo, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (1): Sampson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to requiring the department of environmental conservation to issue documentation of hunter safety course completion
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to allow sportsmen and women who have previously completed the approved NYS DEC hunter safety course the ability to get a replacement certificate if it has been lost or destroyed without having to retake the hunter safety course. In order to get a hunting license in New York, an individual must product a valid hunter safety course certificate or a previous hunting license. The NYS DEC does not maintain records prior to 1980 which would provide a record of the individual's satisfactorily completing hunter safety course prior to 1980 should one be lost or destroyed. This bill would allow the NYS DEC to issue a replacement Hunter Safety Course Certificate based upon the individual possessing a current or expired NYS DEC issued hunting license.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Amends Section 11-0713 of the environmental conservation law by adding a new subdivision 7.
JUSTIFICATION: The primary reason for the bill is to assist those sportsmen and women who have been hunting accident-free since their original date of hunter safety course completion to obtain a replacement safety certificate without having to retake the hunter safety course. There has been a number of instances where a hunter has applied to another state for a hunting license and one will not be issued without proof that a hunter safety course certificate was issued. If the hunter has lost the certificate, a current hunting license will not suffice for proof of safety course. This bill would allow people who lost their certificate to obtain a replacement without having to re-take the course based on the presumption that the safety course was completed due to their possession of a NYS hunting license. This bill is limited in scope to those who acquired the Hunter Safety Course Certificate prior to 1980 and allows a remedy for those who already possess a hunting license, but who cannot produce a hunter safety course certificate.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.6729/A.9628 Passed Senate/Referred to Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect 180 days after it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 91 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GALLIVAN -- 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 requiring the department of environmental conservation to issue documentation of hunter safety course completion THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 11-0713 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. A PERSON WHO HOLDS A LICENSE OR STAMP AUTHORIZING THE HOLDER TO HUNT, FISH, OR TRAP AND WHO HAS LOST OR ACCIDENTALLY DESTROYED DOCUMEN- TATION DEMONSTRATING COMPLETION OF A HUNTER SAFETY COURSE AS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN SUCH A LICENSE OR STAMP MAY REQUEST THE DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION OF THE COMPLETION OF SUCH A HUNTER SAFETY COURSE. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ISSUE A CERTIFICATE STATING THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE APPLICANT AND THAT THE APPLICANT HAS SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED A HUNTER SAFETY COURSE AS REQUIRED BY THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO OBTAIN A LICENSE OR STAMP AUTHORIZING THE HOLDER TO HUNT, FISH, OR TRAP. THE DEPARTMENT MAY CHARGE A REASONABLE FEE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH A CERTIFICATE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01946-01-3