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Bill Detail: HB20-1087

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Title Parks And Wildlife Law Enforcement Statutes Cleanup
Status Governor Signed (03/20/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors J. Arndt (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate Sponsors B. Rankin (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Rural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/10/2020

Section 1 of the bill amends a legislative declaration to clarify that
any person, not just hunters, may be prosecuted for violations of parks

and wildlife statutes.
Section 2 amends the definition of take to clarify that the term
includes the killing of wildlife with certain exceptions.
Section 3 states that licenses issued by the division of parks and
wildlife (division) are not subject to the Secure and Verifiable Identity
Document Act.
Sections 4 and 11 clarify that a person who is convicted of a
violation of a parks and wildlife statute that does not list a specific
penalty is subject to a fine of $100. Section 4 also provides that a person
convicted of such a violation of the wildlife statutes is subject to a penalty
assessment of 5 license suspension points.
Section 4 extends the period of time within which an alleged
offender may pay fines and surcharges identified in a penalty assessment
notice issued to the alleged offender from 15 days to 20 days. Section 4
also authorizes personal service or service by certified mail of a summons
and complaint or a penalty assessment notice.
Section 5 authorizes the parks and wildlife commission or a
hearing officer to suspend a person's license issued by the division for a
failure to comply with an official notice of an alleged violation of the
parks and wildlife statutes. The suspension is lifted once the person
furnishes or causes to be furnished to the division satisfactory evidence
of compliance with the official notice of an alleged violation.
Section 6 makes the imposition of additional penalties regarding
the unlawful taking of trophy animals permissive instead of mandatory.
Section 7 amends the definition of careless regarding the
violation of hunting in a careless manner and authorizes a lesser fine for
a person who commits the violation while hunting under a big game
license for a different type of animal than the type of animal killed and
who immediately field dresses the killed animal and reports the killing to
the division.
Sections 8, 9, and 12 amend the definition of vessel to include
all types of stand-up paddleboards. Section 12 also excludes from the
definition of river outfitter a person whose only service is providing
instruction in rafting or stand-up paddleboarding.
Section 10 authorizes a person to possess a loaded pistol or
revolver while snowmobiling and clarifies that the division may authorize
certain conduct while operating a snowmobile that is otherwise unlawful.
Section 13 prohibits a river outfitter, guide, trip leader, or guide
instructor from allowing another person to operate a vessel without due
regard for river conditions or other attending circumstances or in a
manner that endangers any person, property, or wildlife.
Section 14 makes a conforming amendment.

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