senate Bill S2170A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

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

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Jan 23, 2014 held in committee
Jan 08, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 13, 2013 referred to codes
returned to assembly
repassed senate
Jun 10, 2013 amended on third reading 2170b
Jun 03, 2013 amended on third reading 2170a
vote reconsidered - restored to third reading
returned to senate
Jun 03, 2013 recalled from assembly
Apr 15, 2013 referred to environmental conservation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Mar 14, 2013 advanced to third reading
Mar 13, 2013 2nd report cal.
Mar 12, 2013 1st report cal.180
Jan 14, 2013 referred to environmental conservation

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S2170 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§11-0701, 11-0901 & 11-1103, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7003A
2009-2010: A11341

S2170 - Bill Texts

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

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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.

S2170A - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§11-0701, 11-0901 & 11-1103, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7003A
2009-2010: A11341

S2170A - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S2170A

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
trapping, 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
Environmental Conservation Law to include snapping turtles among the
small game animals permitted to be taken by an appropriately licensed
trapper.

Section two clarifies that snapping turtles, in addition to other
specified 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.

Section four amends subdivision 1 of section 11-1103 the Environmental
Conservation Law to include snapping turtles among the small game
animals permitted to be taken by an appropriately licensed trapper

JUSTIFICATION: Snapping turtles were historically harvested for food
in the absence of any regulatory measures to limit harvest. Several
commercial collectors reportedly harvested thousands of turtles using
a variety 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 regulatory 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.2170 (Passed Senate) / A2490 of 2013;
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--A
    Cal. No. 180

                       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
  -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second
  report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered  to
  the  Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading,
  amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place  in  the  order  of
  third reading

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. Subdivision 8 of section 11-0701 of the  environmental  conserva-
tion  law, as amended by section 1-a of part R of chapter 58 of the laws
of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
  8. A trapping license entitles the holder to trap beaver, otter, fish-
er, 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
section 11-0713 of this article.
  S  3.  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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04819-03-3

S. 2170--A                          2

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 may also be taken by spearing, catching with the  hands,  or
by the use of a club or hook[.]; AND
  (3) SNAPPING TURTLES MAY ALSO BE TAKEN BY CATCHING WITH THE HANDS.
  S  4.  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  5.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed on and after September 30, 2015; provided  that  section
two  of  this  act  shall  take  effect on the same date and in the same
manner as section 1-a of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, takes
effect.

S2170B (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§11-0701, 11-0901 & 11-1103, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S7003A
2009-2010: A11341

S2170B (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S2170B

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
trapping, 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
Environmental Conservation Law to include snapping turtles among the
small game animals permitted to be taken by an appropriately licensed
trapper.

Section two clarifies that snapping turtles, in addition to other
specified 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.

Section four amends subdivision 1 of section 11-1103 the Environmental
Conservation Law to include snapping turtles among the small game
animals permitted to be taken by an appropriately licensed trapper

JUSTIFICATION: Snapping turtles were historically harvested for food
in the absence of any regulatory measures to limit harvest. Several
commercial collectors reportedly harvested thousands of turtles using
a variety 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 regulatory 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.2170 (Passed Senate) / A2490 of 2013;
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--B
    Cal. No. 180

                       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
  -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second
  report, ordered to a third reading, passed by Senate and delivered  to
  the  Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading,
  amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place  in  the  order  of
  third  reading  --  again amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its
  place in the order of third reading

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.  Subdivision 8 of section 11-0701 of the environmental conserva-
tion law, as amended by section 1-a of part R of chapter 58 of the  laws
of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
  8. A trapping license entitles the holder to trap beaver, otter, fish-
er, 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
section 11-0713 of this article.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD04819-05-3

S. 2170--B                          2

  S 3. 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, [and]
  (2)  frogs  may also be taken by spearing, catching with the hands, or
by the use of a club or hook[.]; AND
  (3) SNAPPING TURTLES MAY ALSO BE TAKEN BY CATCHING WITH THE  HANDS  OR
BY TRAPPING PURSUANT TO TITLES 7 AND 11 OF THIS ARTICLE.
  S  4.  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  5.  This  act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed on and after September 30, 2015; provided  that  section
two  of  this  act  shall  take  effect on the same date and in the same
manner as section 1-a of part R of chapter 58 of the laws of 2013, takes
effect.

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