senate Bill S2170

Amended

Provides that snapping turtles may be taken with the hands or by trapping

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 14 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 12 / Mar / 2013
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.180
  • 13 / Mar / 2013
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 14 / Mar / 2013
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 15 / Apr / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 15 / Apr / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 15 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 03 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2170A
  • 10 / Jun / 2013
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 2170B
  • 13 / Jun / 2013
    • REPASSED SENATE
  • 13 / Jun / 2013
    • RETURNED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 13 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 23 / Jan / 2014
    • HELD IN COMMITTEE

Summary

Provides that snapping turtles may be taken with the hands or by trapping.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2490
Versions:
S2170
S2170A
S2170B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง11-0701, 11-0901 & 11-1103, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S7003A, A378A
2009-2010: A11341, A11341

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BILL NUMBER:S2170

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to snapping turtles; and providing for the repeal of such
provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to provide for the regulated trap-
ping, netting, poling or catching of snapping turtles, which can
currently only be taken by gun or longbow.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends Subdivision 10 of section 11-0701 of the Environ-
mental Conservation Law to include snapping turtles among the small
games animals permitted to be taken by an appropriately licensed trapper

Section two clarifies that snapping turtles, in addition to other speci-
fied game, can be taken by specified means other than the use of a gun
or longbow.

Section three establishes Department of Environmental Conservation
authority to regulate the taking of snapping turtles, and set seasons,
bag limits and areas.

JUSTIFICATION: Snapping turtles were historically harvested for food in
the absence of any regulatory measures to limit harvest. Several commer-
cial collectors reportedly harvested thousands of turtles using a varie-
ty of methods, including taking of turtles prior to the females having
nested for the year. Several years ago, snapping turtles were designated
as small game in the Fish and Wildlife Law, allowing for their regulato-
ry protection. Measures are in place to limit the daily and seasonal
take of snapping turtles and to protect egg-bearing females prior to
nesting, and young turtles that have not reached reproductive size,
helping to ensure self-sustaining populations of snapping turtles for
the future. Most individuals who harvested snapping turtles before they
became "small game" did so primarily by hand, net, pole or turtle trap.
Currently, however, the only legal method to take snapping turtles is by
shooting by longbow or gun. This bill would authorize snapping turtles
to be taken by hand, net or trap. Furthermore, this legislation would
provide a mechanism whereby nuisance snapping turtles can be trapped
live and relocated. Under existing law snapping turtles can only be
taken by gun or longbow.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.7003A/A.3784 of 2012. A.3784 of 2011 A.11341 of
2010.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire
and be deemed repealed on and after September 30, 2015.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2170

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to snap-
  ping turtles; and providing for the repeal  of  such  provisions  upon
  expiration thereof

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Subdivision 10 of  section  11-0701  of  the  environmental
conservation  law,  as  amended by chapter 57 of the laws of 1993 and as
renumbered by chapter 470 of the laws of 1994, is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  10.  A  trapping  license  entitles  the holder to trap beaver, otter,
fisher, mink, muskrat, skunk, raccoon,  bobcat,  coyote,  fox,  opossum,
weasel,  pine  marten, SNAPPING TURTLES, and unprotected wildlife except
birds, as  provided  in  title  11  OF  THIS  ARTICLE,  subject  to  the
provisions of subdivision [6] 3 of section 11-0713 of this article.
  S  2.  Paragraph c of subdivision 3 of section 11-0901 of the environ-
mental conservation law, as amended by chapter 825 of the laws  of  1973
and  subparagraph  1  as  amended by chapter 407 of the laws of 1976, is
amended to read as follows:
  c. Wild small game and wild upland game birds shall be taken  only  by
longbow or gun, or by the use of raptors as provided in title 10 of this
article, except that:
  (1) skunk, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, fox, mink and muskrat may be taken
in any manner not prohibited in this section or in title 11 of [the Fish
and Wildlife Law] THIS ARTICLE, and
  (2) frogs AND SNAPPING TURTLES may also be taken by spearing, catching
with  the  hands,  or by the use of a club or hook, AND SNAPPING TURTLES
MAY ALSO BE TAKEN BY TRAPPING PURSUANT TO TITLES 7 AND 11 OF THIS  ARTI-
CLE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04819-01-3

S. 2170                             2

  S  3.  Subdivision 1 of section 11-1103 of the environmental conserva-
tion law, as amended by chapter 911 of the laws of 1990, is  amended  to
read as follows:
  1. The department may by regulation permit trapping of beaver, fisher,
otter,  bobcat,  coyote,  fox, raccoon, opossum, weasel, skunk, muskrat,
pine marten [and], mink, SNAPPING TURTLES, or any of them, in  specified
areas,  and  may regulate the taking, possession and disposition of such
animals.  The periods in which trapping of such animals is so  permitted
are open seasons for the trapping of the species for which the period is
fixed, in the area or areas for which it is so fixed.
  S  4.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed on and after September 30, 2015.

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