senate Bill S796

2011-2012 Legislative Session

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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Jan 04, 2012 referred to environmental conservation
Jan 05, 2011 referred to environmental conservation

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S796 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1909
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง11-0715, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S4676, A7479

S796 - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S796

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 chapter 418 of the laws of 2004, 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.

JUSTIFICATION:
Currently, Section 11-0715 of the environmental conservation law
provides free fishing, hunting and trapping licenses to active duty
members of certain branches of the armed forces to residents of New
York State who are 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 SFY 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:
2009-2010: S.4676/A.7479 Referred to Environmental Conservation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.


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

                                   796

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. YOUNG, BONACIC, JOHNSON, RANZENHOFER -- 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  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 3 of part KK of  chapter  59  of
the laws of 2009, 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 small and big game license, a sportsman  license,  a  muzzle-
loading  stamp,  a trapping license, and a bow hunting stamp; 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
small  and  big  game 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 fishing license, a  small  and  big
game  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: (a) his or her
central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200  in  the  better  eye  with

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD03447-01-1

S. 796                              2

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 great-
er 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  sportsman  license at the cost of ten dollars as a
license fee.
  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, and a trapping 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 stamp and a muzzle-loading
stamp.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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