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AB-606 Hunting and fishing.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Senate  June 20, 2011
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 07, 2011
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2011
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2011

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 606


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Gatto
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Bill Berryhill, Garrick, Gorell, Jeffries, Olsen)
(Coauthor(s): Senator La Malfa, Wolk)

February 16, 2011


An act to add Section 1507 to the Fish and Game Code, relating to fish and wildlife resources.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 606, as amended, Gatto. Hunting and fishing.
Existing law authorizes the Department of Fish and Game to enter into contracts for fish and wildlife habitat preservation, restoration, and enhancement with public and private entities whenever the department finds that the contracts will assist in meeting the department’s duty to preserve, protect, and restore fish and wildlife.
The Wildlife Conservation Law of 1947 specifically authorizes the Wildlife Conservation Board to authorize the Department of Fish and Game to acquire real property, including easements, for the benefit of wildlife.
This bill would require the department to permit wildlife-dependent recreational activities, including, but not limited to, hunting and fishing allow compatible hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities, on land subject to a wildlife conservation easement or a fish and wildlife habitat contract, except as specifically prohibited in the applicable easement, contract, or memorandum of understanding, or by other applicable law.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 1507 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

(a) Except as specifically prohibited in the applicable easement, contract, or memorandum of understanding, or by other applicable law, the department shall permit wildlife-dependent recreational activities, including, but not limited to, hunting and fishing allow compatible hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities, on either of the following:

1507.
 (1) Land subject to a wildlife conservation easement pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 1345) of Chapter 4.
(2) Land subject to a contract for fish and wildlife habitat preservation, restoration, and enhancement pursuant to Section 1501.5.
(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect an existing wildlife conservation easement, contract, or memorandum of understanding entered into before January 1, 2012.
(c) This section does not affect a landowner’s authority to lawfully restrict public access.