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Bill Detail: HB22-1072

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Title Habitat Partnership Program
Status Sent to the Governor (04/19/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors D. Roberts (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate Sponsors K. Donovan (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House Committee Agriculture, Livestock, and Water
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/18/2022
Summary

The habitat partnership program (program) assists the division of
parks and wildlife (division) with reducing wildlife conflicts and meeting
game management objectives. Section 1 of the bill:
  • Authorizes the director of the division (director) to
independently appoint members of the habitat partnership
council (council) that, in part, advises local habitat
partnership committees (committees) that help implement
program objectives;

  • Expands the scope of the program to assist the division
with private land conservation and wildlife migration
corridor efforts;
  • With respect to reducing wildlife conflicts, prioritizes
conflicts that arise from forage and fence issues related to
big game ungulate species, which are big game species that
are hooved mammals;
  • Authorizes the council to allocate an annual budget to each
committee, subject to final approval by the director, and
expend funds in areas of the state that are not covered by a
committee;
  • Requires the director to set terms for committee members;
and
  • Identifies the council and each committee as an
independent organizational unit for purposes of purchasing,
accounting, and procurement-related issues.
Section 2 clarifies that any balance of unexpended and
unencumbered money in the habitat partnership cash fund (fund) at the
end of a fiscal year that exceeds the amount transferred to the fund at the
beginning of the fiscal year from the wildlife cash fund reverts to the
wildlife cash fund. Section 2 also continues the fund indefinitely.
Section 3 exempts the program from the Procurement Code.

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