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Bill Detail: HB21-1226

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Title More Robust Check Station Aquatic Nuisance Species
Status Governor Signed (05/20/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors D. Esgar (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Agriculture, Livestock, and Water
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 03/18/2021

Current law allows qualified peace officers to stop a conveyance,

including a boat trailer and a boat, and inspect the conveyance for the
presence of aquatic nuisance species before the boat is launched onto
waters of the state and before departing from the waters of the state or a
vessel staging area, and to impound and quarantine a conveyance that is
contaminated until it is decontaminated. Authorized agents can detain and
inspect conveyances but cannot impound or quarantine conveyances.
Section 1 of the bill directs the division of parks and wildlife in the
department of natural resources to investigate the methods that other
states are using with respect to the location and operation of check
stations and report regarding its investigation and the operation of check
stations pursuant to the bill to the general assembly's committees with
jurisdiction over wildlife.
Section 2 authorizes a qualified peace officer to stop and inspect
for the presence of aquatic nuisance species a conveyance that has
encountered an aquatic nuisance species check station.
Section 3 prohibits a person who encounters a check station from
failing or refusing to stop at the check station while transporting a
conveyance during the check station's hours of operation without
presenting the conveyance for inspection.

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