Location: Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

Last Recorded Action: 3/11/2020 Senate Floor Action -On request of Senator(s) Nitka, the bill was withdrawn pursuant to Senate Rule 50

3/9/2020 – Bill draft number 3.2 (42 pages) – with amendments added to merge several bills into S.321 as one Omnibus bill. Including H.357 -Prohibiting the wanton waste of wildlife.

Senate 1/21/2020 – Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

Subject: Fish and wildlife; hunting; fishing; authority of Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend
multiple provisions related to the authority of the Department of Fish and
Wildlife (Department). The bill would authorize the Commissioner of Fish
and Wildlife (Commissioner) to authorize the taking of wild animals under
certain specified conditions. The bill would authorize the Department to enter reciprocal service agreements with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The bill would authorize the Commissioner to designate three days on Labor Day weekend as free fishing days. The bill would amend the uniform point system statute to make technical revisions and to make a violation of snaring law a 20-point violation. The bill would amend the fees for fishing tournaments. The bill would also prohibit the carrying of an airgun or a cocked crossbow in a motor vehicle. In addition, the bill would grant the Department the authority to respond to escaped swine or wild swine, including authority to take or euthanize escaped or wild swine.

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