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

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Date Published: 03/29/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 521


Introduced by Assembly Member Frazier

February 13, 2017


An act to amend Section 332 of the Fish and Game Code, relating to hunting.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 521, as amended, Frazier. Hunting: elk tags: fees for residents.
Under existing law, a hunting license grants the privilege to take birds and mammals. Existing law authorizes the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue a tag that is required in addition to a hunting license to take an elk. Existing law sets the fee for an elk tag for a resident of the state at $165, as adjusted annually pursuant to a specified index.
This bill would delete the established fee for a resident elk tag and would instead set the fee at the average price of the fees required for resident elk tags issued by specified states, as determined annually by the department. reduce the fee for a resident elk tag to $67 and would prohibit the fee from being adjusted pursuant to the specified index.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


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) The fee for a tag for a resident of the state shall be the average price of the fees required for resident elk tags issued by the States of Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, as determined annually by the department, sixty-seven dollars ($67) and shall not be adjusted pursuant to Section 713.
(3) 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.
(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 hunting 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.