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SB-470 Fishing and hunting: annual combined hunting and fishing licenses.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


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, beginning January 1, 2024, issue annual combined hunting and fishing licenses pursuant to this section.
(b) (1) An annual combined hunting and fishing license authorizes the taking of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, or amphibians anywhere in this state in accordance with law for purposes other than profit.
(2) A valid annual combined hunting and fishing license grants the person holding the license the same privileges that are granted under a valid sport fishing license and a valid hunting license. This section does not exempt an applicant for a license from meeting other qualifications or requirements otherwise established by law for the privilege of hunting or sport fishing.
(3) An annual combined hunting and fishing license does not include any special tags, stamps, or other entitlements.
(4) An annual combined hunting and fishing license is not transferable.
(5) An annual combined hunting and fishing license may be issued pursuant to this section to residents and nonresidents.
(c) An annual combined hunting and fishing license is valid for a term of one year beginning on the date of purchase of the license, unless revoked for a violation of this code or regulations adopted pursuant to this code.
(d) (1) On or before July 1, 2023, the department shall prepare a report and submit it to the Legislature with the following information related to determining the license fee for the annual combined hunting and fishing license authorized by this section. The department shall do the following in preparing the report:
(A) Conservatively estimate how many combined annual hunting and fishing licenses are likely to be purchased.
(B) Conservatively estimate the initial license fee for the combined annual hunting and fishing license fee necessary to fully recover the cost of developing, implementing, and administering the combined annual hunting and fishing license and associated enforcement activities.
(C) Use estimates in the report that incorporate, are consistent with, and are supported by, available data, including historic hunting and fishing license sales, and mission and service task data generated through the service-based budget review conducted pursuant to Section 712.1. The data used shall be made publicly available with the report.
(2) The report to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(e) The commission shall determine the amount of the initial license fee for the combined annual hunting and fishing license based upon the information in the report required pursuant to subdivision (d). The fee shall be adjusted annually thereafter pursuant to Section 713.
(f) The commission shall adjust the amount of the fee specified in subdivision (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 provide an applicant for an annual combined hunting and fishing license issued pursuant to this section the option to sign up for automatic renewal of the license.
(h) The department and the commission shall revise applicable sport fishing regulations, as needed, to conform to the valid time period for the annual combined hunting and fishing license issued pursuant to this section.
(i) (1) On or before July 1, 2028, the department shall submit to the Legislature a written report evaluating the annual combined hunting and fishing license issued pursuant to this section including sales information, the costs of administering and implementing the license to the department and commission, and evidence of any changes in the number of hunting and sport fishing participants due to the license. The department shall collect all relevant, appropriate, and sufficient data necessary to evaluate the annual combined hunting and fishing license issued pursuant to this section and to justify the amount of the license 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.
(2) The report to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(j) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2030, and as of that date is repealed.