Bill S983-2013

Provides for the issuance of fishing and hunting licenses, free of charge, to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers

Provides for the issuance of fishing and hunting licenses, free of charge, to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.

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  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • Jan 9, 2013: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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BILL NUMBER:S983

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to waiving hunting and fishing license fees for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To waive hunting and fishing license fees for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers.

JUSTIFICATION: This bill would waive the fee for a big and small game hunting license and a fishing license for volunteer firemen, as defined in subdivision one of section three of the firefighters' benefit law and volunteer ambulance workers as defined in subdivision one of section three of the volunteer ambulance workers' benefit law.

Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers contribute their time without any compensation and provide a vital service for their communities. For their dedicated service they should receive a free small and big game hunting license and a free fishing license. This is a small gesture of appreciation for those who risk their lives for the safety of their neighbors.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7419 - Referred to Environmental Conservation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 983 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LIBOUS -- 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 waiv- ing hunting and fishing license fees for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers 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 3 of part KK of chapter 59 of the laws of 2009, 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 small and big game license, a sportsman license, a muzzle- loading stamp, a trapping license, and a bow hunting stamp; 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 fishing license, a small and big game 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 small and big game license, and a trapping license; A VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKER, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE WORKERS' BENEFIT LAW, OR A VOLUNTEER FIREMAN, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION THREE OF THE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS' BENEFIT LAW, IS ENTITLED TO RECEIVE FREE OF CHARGE A FISH- ING LICENSE, AND A SMALL AND BIG GAME 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 great- er 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 sportsman license at the cost of ten dollars as a license fee. 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, and a trapping 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 stamp and a muzzle-loading stamp. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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