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SB 256 - Requires the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Organization to be Liable for Damage Caused by Wild Buffalo - Key Vote

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Requires the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Organization to be Liable for Damage Caused by Wild Buffalo

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (30-20) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Organization to be Liable for Damage Caused by Wild Buffalo

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that requires the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to pay for damage to private property caused by wild bison, effective July 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to pay for damage caused to private property by wild buffalo or bison, including the costs of protecting public safety (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the department is not liable for damage caused by wild buffalo or bison from Yellowstone National Park or bison owned by tribal entities (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to determine an estimate of the private property damages and costs for which it would be liable if any released, transplanted, or wild buffalo or bison escape (Sec. 2).
  • Appropriates $20,000 each year in the biennium beginning on July 1, 2013, for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to pay for costs incurred and damage caused to private property by wild buffalo or bison (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from releasing, transplanting or allowing wild buffalo or bison on any public or private land that has not been authorized for use (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (61-39) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Organization to be Liable for Damage Caused by Wild Buffalo

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that requires the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to pay for damage to private property caused by wild bison, effective July 1, 2013.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to pay for damage caused to private property by wild buffalo or bison, including the costs of protecting public safety (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that the department is not liable for damage caused by wild buffalo or bison from Yellowstone National Park or bison owned by tribal entities (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to determine an estimate of the private property damages and costs for which it would be liable if any released, transplanted, or wild buffalo or bison escape (Sec. 2).
  • Appropriates $20,000 each year in the biennium beginning on July 1, 2013, for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to pay for costs incurred and damage caused to private property by wild buffalo or bison (Sec. 3).
  • Prohibits the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from releasing, transplanting or allowing wild buffalo or bison on any public or private land that has not been authorized for use (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Nonconcurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (39-9) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (30-20) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Requires the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Organization to be Liable for Damage Caused by Wild Buffalo

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