senate Bill S287

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to management of wildlife resources

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Feb 10, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Jan 28, 2014 advanced to third reading
Jan 27, 2014 2nd report cal.
Jan 23, 2014 1st report cal.36
Jan 08, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
returned to senate
died in assembly
May 21, 2013 referred to environmental conservation
delivered to assembly
passed senate
May 20, 2013 advanced to third reading
May 08, 2013 2nd report cal.
May 07, 2013 1st report cal.561
Jan 09, 2013 referred to environmental conservation

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Jan 23, 2014 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

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Aye with Reservations
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Absent
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Excused
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Abstained
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Environmental Conservation Committee Vote: Jan 23, 2014

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aye wr (1)

May 7, 2013 - Environmental Conservation committee Vote

S287
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Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
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Excused
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Environmental Conservation Committee Vote: May 7, 2013

nay (1)

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S287 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A1361
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง11-0507, 11-0925, 11-0927, 11-0903 & 11-0905, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2650A, A1749A
2009-2010: S842, A823

S287 - Bill Texts

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Relates to management of wildlife resources; permits the release of certain ring-necked pheasant or quail birds without permit; adjusts the hunting season to August 16 through April 15, catch limits, and geographic areas for hunting certain species.

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BILL NUMBER:S287

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to management of
wildlife resources

PURPOSE:
To amend several sections of the Environmental Conservation Law
(ECL) to simplify, clarify and eliminate inconsistencies relating to
management of pheasants and quails.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
This legislation would allow the
Department to set the open season and bag limits for the taking of
pheasants and quails on Long Island annually by regulation, as it
currently does for those species in the rest of the State. Under
current law the open season and bag limits for pheasants and quail on
Long Island are set in statute. In addition, this legislation
eliminates the need to obtain an immediate release permit for the
liberation of ring-neck pheasants between August 16 and April 15.

JUSTIFICATION:
Season bag limits for pheasant and quail are still
specified for certain portions of the State. This law is difficult to
enforce and not needed given the widespread understanding and
satisfaction with statewide daily bag limits.

At the present time, an immediate release permit is required to
purchase and release ring-neck pheasants without holding them in
captivity. This is a common activity for many individuals and clubs
and the permit serves no value except to create an additional,
unneeded step in the process for legitimate sportsmen. It is often a
low priority for the ECOs to issue this permit and at times can
result in needless delay. The August 16 to April 15 period provided
in this bill is consistent with the period in which dogs may be taken
afield for training on wild game.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
Passed Senate every year from 2000-2008
S.842 of 2009/10 Referred to Environmental Conservation
S.2650A Passed Senate in 2011

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This bill shall take effect on the first of January
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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

                                   287

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GRISANTI,  MARCELLINO  --  read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environ-
  mental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  management of wildlife resources

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

  Section 1. Subdivision 3  of  section  11-0507  of  the  environmental
conservation law is amended to read as follows:
  3.  No  person  shall willfully liberate within the state any wildlife
except under permit from the department. The department may  issue  such
permit  in its discretion, fix the terms thereof and revoke it at pleas-
ure. These provisions do not apply to migratory game birds,  importation
of  which  is governed by regulation of the department OR TO THE RELEASE
OF RING-NECKED PHEASANT OR QUAIL DURING THE PERIOD AUGUST  SIXTEENTH  TO
APRIL FIFTEENTH.
  S  2.  Paragraph b of subdivision 1 of section 11-0925 of the environ-
mental conservation law, as added by chapter 432 of the laws of 1997, is
amended to read as follows:
  b. The operator of a special dog training area may at any time  during
the  year  train the operator's own dogs or the dogs of other persons on
such area, and permit others to train dogs. The operator may hold  field
trials  on wild game, or on liberated game, or on liberated artificially
propagated game, or on led or confined game, or may  in  writing  permit
others  to  hold  such  trials, under such conditions as shall be agreed
upon by the operator and such other person; but no game shall  be  taken
by  shooting  at  such  field  trial. No persons shall, on a special dog
training area, train a dog, hold a field trial, enter accompanied  by  a
dog,  or  permit  a  dog  of  which he is the owner or trainer to enter,
except as provided in this section or in rules adopted pursuant  hereto.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02451-01-3

S. 287                              2

A  permit  from the department must be obtained before liberation of any
wildlife, EXCEPT FOR THE RELEASE OF RING-NECKED PHEASANT OR QUAIL DURING
THE PERIOD AUGUST SIXTEENTH TO APRIL FIFTEENTH and such a permit may  be
withheld  if, in the opinion of the department, granting it would endan-
ger the health of native wildlife species.
  S 3. Paragraph b of subdivision 2 of section 11-0927 of  the  environ-
mental conservation law is amended to read as follows:
  b.  A  permit  from  the  department is required for liberation of any
wildlife. THIS PROVISION DOES NOT APPLY TO RELEASE OF RING-NECKED PHEAS-
ANT OR QUAIL DURING THE PERIOD AUGUST SIXTEENTH TO APRIL FIFTEENTH.
  S 4. Paragraphs c and c-1 and the closing paragraph of  subdivision  2
of section 11-0903 of the environmental conservation law, paragraph c as
amended  and  paragraph  c-1 as added by chapter 366 of the laws of 2011
and the closing paragraph of subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 911  of
the laws of 1990, are amended to read as follows:
  c. pheasants [anywhere in the state other than Long Island];
  [c-1.  pheasants  on  Long  Island, but only for those individuals who
hold a junior license, and provided that  such  youth  pheasant  hunting
days  are  held  prior  to  the start of the open season as indicated in
paragraph d of subdivision two of section 11-0905 of this title;]
  Such open seasons and bag limits may be fixed for the  entire  state[,
except  on  Long  Island in the case of pheasants], or for any county or
part thereof, giving due regard to abundance of the species  and  poten-
tial   hunting   pressure.  The  department  may  regulate  the  taking,
possession and disposition of wild turkeys.
  S 5. Paragraphs d and e of subdivision 2 of  section  11-0905  of  the
environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 911 of the laws of
1990, are amended to read as follows:

d. Ring-necked           [Long Island November  [Long Island, four
    pheasant             1 through December     birds in one day,
                         31. Elsewhere, fixed]  thirty during season.
                         FIXED annually by      Elsewhere, fixed] FIXED
                         regulation             annually by regulation

e. Quail                 [Orange, Putnam and    [Orange, Putnam and
                         Westchester counties,  Westchester counties;
                         fixed] FIXED annually  four birds in one day,
                         by regulation[; Long   ten during season.
                         Island, November 1     Long Island, six birds
                         through December 31]   in one day, forty
                                                during season]
                                                FIXED ANNUALLY BY
                                                REGULATION.

  S  6. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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