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AB-521 Hunting: elk tags: apprentice elk hunt tags: fees for residents.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 332 of the Fish and Game Code is amended to read:

332.
 (a) The commission may determine and fix the area or areas, the seasons and hours, the bag and possession limit, and the number of elk that may be taken under rules and regulations that the commission may adopt from time to time. The commission may authorize the taking of tule elk if the average of the department’s statewide tule elk population estimates exceeds 2,000 animals, or the Legislature determines, pursuant to the reports required by Section 3951, that suitable areas cannot be found in the state to accommodate that population in a healthy condition.
(b) Only a person possessing a valid hunting license may obtain a tag for the taking of elk.
(c) (1) The department may issue an elk tag upon payment of a fee.
(2) (A) The fee for an elk tag for a resident of the state, except for an apprentice elk hunt tag, shall be one hundred dollars ($100) and shall not be adjusted pursuant to Section 713, except pursuant to the procedures set forth under subdivision (g) of that section.
(B) The fee for an apprentice elk hunt tag for a resident of the state shall be twenty dollars ($20) and shall not be adjusted pursuant to any provision of Section 713.
(3) On or before July 1, 2007, the commission shall, by regulation, fix the fee for an elk tag for a nonresident of the state at not less than one thousand fifty dollars ($1,050), as adjusted under Section 713.
(c) (4)  The department may issue an elk tag upon payment of a fee. The fee for an elk tag for a resident of the state, except for an elk tag issued to a resident junior hunter, shall be one hundred sixty-five dollars ($165), as adjusted under Section 713. The fee for an elk tag for a resident junior hunter shall be twenty dollars ($20), as adjusted under Section 713. On or before July 1, 2007, the commission shall, by regulation, fix the fee for a nonresident of the state at not less than one thousand fifty dollars ($1,050), as adjusted under Section 713. The fees shall be  fees collected pursuant to this subdivision shall be  deposited in the Big Game Management Account established in Section 3953 and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, shall be expended, in addition to moneys budgeted for salaries of the department department,  as set forth in Section 3953.
(d) The commission shall annually direct the department to authorize not more than three elk tags for the purpose of raising funds for programs and projects to benefit elk. These tags may be sold at auction to residents or nonresidents of the state or by another method and are not subject to the fee limitation prescribed in subdivision (c). All revenues from sales pursuant to this subdivision shall be deposited in the Big Game Management Account established in Section 3953 and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, shall be expended as set forth in that section.
(e) The commission shall direct the department to annually authorize one elk tag of the total number of tags available for issuance to nonresidents of the state.
(f) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2025, and, as of January 1, 2026,  remain in effect only until January 1, 2024, and as of that date  is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 332 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

332.
 (a) The commission may determine and fix the area or areas, the seasons and hours, the bag and possession limit, and the number of elk that may be taken under rules and regulations that the commission may adopt from time to time. The commission may authorize the taking of tule elk if the average of the department’s statewide tule elk population estimates exceeds 2,000 animals, or the Legislature determines, pursuant to the reports required by Section 3951, that suitable areas cannot be found in the state to accommodate that population in a healthy condition.
(b) Only a person possessing a valid hunting license may obtain a tag for the taking of elk.
(c) (1) The department may issue an elk tag upon payment of a fee.
(2) The fee for an elk tag for a resident of the state shall be one hundred dollars ($100) and shall not be adjusted pursuant to Section 713, except pursuant to the procedures set forth under subdivision (g) of that section.
(3) On or before July 1, 2007, the commission shall, by regulation, fix the fee for an elk tag for a nonresident of the state at not less than one thousand fifty dollars ($1,050), as adjusted under Section 713.
(4) The fees collected pursuant to this subdivision shall be deposited in the Big Game Management Account established in Section 3953 and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, shall be expended, in addition to moneys budgeted for salaries of the department, as set forth in Section 3953.
(d) The commission shall annually direct the department to authorize not more than three elk tags for the purpose of raising funds for programs and projects to benefit elk. These tags may be sold at auction to residents or nonresidents of the state or by another method and are not subject to the fee limitation prescribed in subdivision (c). All revenues from sales pursuant to this subdivision shall be deposited in the Big Game Management Account established in Section 3953 and, upon appropriation by the Legislature, shall be expended as set forth in that section.
(e) The commission shall direct the department to annually authorize one elk tag of the total number of tags available for issuance to nonresidents of the state.
(f) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2024.