Requires the department of environmental conservation to issue documentation of hunter safety course completion.
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
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 produce 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:
Section 1 amends subdivision 4 of section 11-0713 of the environmental conservation law to allow a person who holds a license or privilege authorizing the holder to hunt, fish, or trap and who has lost or accidentally destroyed documentation demonstrating completion of a New York hunter safety course to apply for replacement education certificates for a fee of one dollar to the issuing agent.
Section 2 amends subdivision 3 of section 11-0713 of the environmental conservation law.
Section 3 states that this act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.
The primary reason for this 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 have 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 the safety course. This bill would allow people who lost their certificate to obtain a replacement without having to retake 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.
2011-12: S.6729/A.9628 Passed Senate/Referred to Environmental Conservation
This act shall take effect 180 days after it becomes law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 91--A Cal. No. 336 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 -- recommitted to the Committee on Environmental Conservation in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a 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 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. Subdivision 4 of section 11-0713 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new paragraph d to read as follows: D. A PERSON WHO HOLDS A LICENSE OR PRIVILEGE AUTHORIZING THE HOLDER TO HUNT, FISH, OR TRAP AND WHO HAS LOST OR ACCIDENTALLY DESTROYED DOCUMEN- TATION DEMONSTRATING COMPLETION OF A NEW YORK HUNTER SAFETY COURSE AS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION MAY APPLY FOR REPLACEMENT EDUCATION CERTIFICATES FOR A COMMISSION OF ONE DOLLAR TO THE ISSUING AGENT. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ISSUE SUCH A DUPLICATE WHEN SATIS- FIED THE APPLICATION IS MADE IN GOOD FAITH. S 2. Paragraph c of subdivision 3 of section 11-0713 of the environ- mental conservation law, as amended by section 3 of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: c. Certifications of qualification in responsible hunting, responsible bowhunting and responsible trapping practices may be made by duly quali- fied and designated persons, whose fitness to give instructions in said practices has been determined by an agent of the department. The depart- ment may designate any person it deems qualified to act as its agent inEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01946-05-4 S. 91--A 2
the giving of instruction and the making of certification. No charge shall be made for any certificate or instruction given to a person to qualify him or her to obtain a license or privilege other than for certain instruction and materials accredited by the department to provide preparation for final instruction and testing by agents of the department
[or for replacement education certificates for a commission of one dollar to the issuing agent]. The department shall make available to the public courses without charge which do not require additional preparation at the expense of students, and may also offer optional courses which require preparatory instruction which may be at the expense of the student. The department may make rules and regulations which in its opinion effectuate better the purpose of this subdivision. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.