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SB-1311 Fishing and hunting: annual sportsman’s licenses.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/18/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 18, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1311


Introduced by Senator Berryhill

February 16, 2018


An act to add and repeal Section 714 to of the Fish and Game Code, relating to fishing and hunting.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1311, as amended, Berryhill. Fishing and hunting: annual sportsman’s licenses.
Existing law requires every person 16 years of age or older who takes any fish, reptile, or amphibian for any purpose other than profit to first obtain a sport fishing license for that purpose, with specified exceptions, and to have that license on his or her person or in his or her immediate possession when engaged in carrying out any activity authorized by the license. Existing law requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue an annual sport fishing license to a resident or nonresident upon payment of the applicable fee. Under existing law, the annual sport fishing license is valid for the period of a calendar year, or, if issued after the beginning of the year, for the remainder of the year.
Under existing law, a hunting license grants the privilege to take birds and mammals. Existing law requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue an annual hunting license to a resident or nonresident upon payment of the applicable fee. Under existing law, the annual hunting license is valid for a term of one year from July 1 to June 30, inclusive, or, if issued after the beginning of the term, for the remainder of the term.
This bill would create the annual sportsman’s license that affords the holder of the license the same privileges as the annual hunting and fishing licenses but that is valid for a term of one year from July 1 to June 30, inclusive, or, if issued after the beginning of that term, for the remainder of the term. The bill would limit the issuance of these licenses to residents and would require the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue these licenses from January 1, 2020, to January 1, 2026, inclusive, upon payment of an unspecified fee. The bill would require the fee to be adjusted annually pursuant to a specified index. The bill would require the department to collect all relevant, appropriate, and sufficient data necessary to evaluate the benefit of the annual sportsman’s license and to justify the amount of the fees. The bill would require the department to submit a report to the Legislature evaluating the annual sportsman’s license on or before December 1, 2024.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 714 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

714.
 (a) In addition to Section 3031, 3031.2, 7149.05, or 7149.2, the department shall issue annual sportsman’s licenses pursuant to this section. An annual sportsman’s license authorizes the taking of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, or amphibians anywhere in this state in accordance with law for purposes other than profit. An annual sportsman’s license is valid for a term of one year from July 1 to June 30, inclusive, or, if issued after the beginning of that term, for the remainder of the term, unless revoked for a violation of this code or regulations adopted pursuant to this code. An annual sportsman’s license is not transferable. An annual sportsman’s license does not include any special tags, stamps, or other entitlements.
(b) This section does not exempt an applicant for a license from meeting other qualifications or requirements otherwise established by law for the privilege of sport hunting or sport fishing.
(c) A valid annual sportsman’s license has the same authority as a valid sport fishing license and a valid hunting license.

(c)

(d) The department shall issue an annual sportsman’s license to a resident of this state, upon the payment of a base fee of ____ dollars ($____).

(d)

(e) The base fees specified in this section are applicable commencing January 1, 2019, 2020, and shall be adjusted annually thereafter pursuant to Section 713.

(e)

(f) The commission shall adjust the amount of the fees specified in subdivision (d), (e), as necessary, to fully recover, but not exceed, all reasonable administrative and implementation costs of the department and the commission relating to those licenses.
(g) The department shall collect all relevant, appropriate, and sufficient data necessary to evaluate the benefit of the annual sportsman’s license and to justify the amount of the fees assessed pursuant to this section, including information about data collection and enforcement costs. Data collection efforts pursuant to this subdivision shall avoid duplication and use data collected for other purposes, as feasible.
(h) On or before December 1, 2024, the department shall submit to the Legislature a report evaluating the annual sportsman’s license, including the costs of the license and evidence of any changes in the number of hunting and sport fishing participants due to the issuance of the annual sportsman’s license. A report to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(i) The department and the commission shall revise applicable sport fishing regulations, as needed, to conform to the valid time period for the annual sportsman’s license.
(j) The department shall not issue a license pursuant to this section until January 1, 2020.
(k) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2026, and as of that date is repealed.