senate Bill S3900A

Provides for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to residents of the state who are active duty members of the U.S. armed forces regardless of duty station

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 26 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
  • 29 / Jan / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 3900A

Summary

Provides for free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to residents of the state who are active duty members of the U.S. armed forces regardless of where such person is stationed.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6011A
Versions:
S3900
S3900A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง11-0715, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S796, A1909
2009-2010: S4676, A7479

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BILL NUMBER:S3900A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to state
residents who are active duty members of the United States armed
services

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides hunting, fishing and
trapping licenses at no charge to active duty members of the United
States armed services that are residents of New York State and are
also stationed in New York.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 2 of
section 11-0715 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by
section 4 of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, to authorize
free fishing licenses, small and big game licenses and trapping
licenses to active duty members of the armed services regardless of
where he or she is stationed.

Section 2 provides that this law shall take effect immediately, or on
the effective date of the amendments of subdivision 2 of section
11-0715 of the environmental conservation law, made by section 4 of
part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, whichever shall be later.

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, Section 11-0715 of the environmental
conservation law provides free fishing, hunting and trapping licenses
to active duty members of the armed forces who are residents of New
York State stationed outside of the State and will be staying in New
York for no longer than 30 days. In other words, residents of New York
State who are stationed in the State are not eligible for this
benefit. This legislation seeks to correct that inconsistency and
provide free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to active duty
members of the military that are residents of New York State and
stationed in the State.

The 2009-10 SPY Enacted Budget amended Section 11-0715 of the
environmental conservation law to allow residents of the state who are
also active members of the organized militia of the state or in the
reserves of any branch of the U.S. armed forces to receive hunting and
trapping licenses free of charge.

However, the gap in law still exists for New York State residents who
are also members of the U.S. armed forces that happen to also be
stationed in New York state. They should be entitled to receive these
hunting and trapping licenses free of charge in the same manner that
other active members of the U.S. armed forces or reserves and New York
state militia members do. This legislation corrects that oversight in
law.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011,2012: S.796/A.1909 Referred to
Environmental Conservation 2009,2010: S.4676/A.7479 Referred to
Environmental Conservation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, or on the
effective date of the amendments to subdivision 2 of section 11-0715


of the environmental conservation law, made by section 4 of part R of
chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, whichever shall be later.

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

                                 3900--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 26, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, AVELLA, BONACIC, LATIMER, MARCHIONE, MAZIARZ,
  RANZENHOFER  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be
  committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation --  recommit-
  ted  to the Committee on Environmental Conservation in accordance with
  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to free
  hunting, fishing and trapping licenses  to  state  residents  who  are
  active duty members of the United States armed services

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 2  of  section  11-0715  of  the  environmental
conservation law, as amended by section 4 of part R of chapter 58 of the
laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
  2.  A  member  of  the  Shinnecock  tribe or the Poospatuck tribe or a
member of the six nations, residing on any reservation wholly or  partly
within  the  state,  is  entitled  to  receive  free of charge a fishing
license, a hunting  license,  a  muzzle-loading  privilege,  a  trapping
license,  and  a  bowhunting privilege; a resident of the state who is a
member of the United States armed forces in active service [who is  not]
REGARDLESS OF WHERE HE OR SHE IS stationed [within the state and has not
been  herein  longer than thirty days on leave or furlough], is entitled
to receive free of charge a fishing license, a hunting  license,  and  a
trapping license; a resident of the state who is an active member of the
organized  militia of the state of New York as defined by section one of
the military law, or the reserve components of the armed forces  of  the
United  States, and excluding members of the inactive national guard and
individual ready reserve, is entitled to receive free of charge a  fish-
ing  license,  a hunting license, and a trapping license; and a resident
who is blind is entitled to receive a fishing license  free  of  charge.
For  the  purposes of this subdivision a person is blind only if either:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06887-02-4

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(a) his or her central visual acuity  does  not  exceed  20/200  in  the
better  eye  with  correcting lenses, or (b) his or her visual acuity is
greater than 20/200 but is accompanied by a limitation of the  field  of
vision  such  that  the  widest diameter of the visual field subtends an
angle no greater than 20 degrees.
  A resident in the state for a period of thirty days immediately  prior
to  the date of application who has attained the age of seventy is enti-
tled to receive a fishing license, a trapping  license,  and  a  hunting
license, at a cost of five dollars for each license.
  A  resident in the state for a period of thirty days immediately prior
to the date of application who has attained the age of seventy is  enti-
tled to receive free of charge a bowhunting privilege and a muzzle-load-
ing privilege.
  S  2. This act shall take effect immediately, or on the effective date
of the amendments to subdivision 2 of section 11-0715  of  the  environ-
mental  conservation  law,  made by section 4 of part R of chapter 58 of
the laws of 2013, whichever shall be later.

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