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SB 404 - Establishes Regulations for High-Fence Hunting Preserves - Key Vote

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Jim Merritt, Jr. voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Failed (Senate) (25-23) - (Key vote)

Title: Establishes Regulations for High-Fence Hunting Preserves

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes fenced hunting preserves for the hunting of farm-raised deer.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to issue a hunting preserve license to an individual who meets the following requirements (Sec. 6):
    • The individual owns a hunting preserve that meets the requirements of this bill;
    • The individual pays a fee of $5,000; and
    • If applicable, the individual operated a hunting preserve at any time between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2013.
  • Defines “hunting preserve” as an area of land where a permitted animal is hunted (Sec. 6).
  • Defines “permitted animal” as a privately owned farm raised and released white tail deer or elk (Sec. 6).
  • Requires a hunting preserve to meet certain requirements including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 6):
    • The hunting preserve provides “sufficient space” and at least 40 percent escape cover;
    • The hunting preserve contains at least 160 contiguous acres of land, unless the licensed owner operated the preserve continuously from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2014; and
    • The hunting preserve is enclosed by either 2 perimeter fences that are at least 8 feet tall or 1 perimeter fence that is at least 10 feet tall.
  • Authorizes an individual to hunt a permitted animal on a hunting preserve without a hunting license (Sec. 6).
  • Requires the owner of a hunting preserve to maintain records of the number of permitted animals purchased and harvested and the full name and address of each individual who hunts a permitted animal in the hunting preserve (Sec. 6).
  • Authorizes an individual to hunt a permitted animal on a hunting preserve between a half hour before sunrise and a half hour after sunset between the dates of September 1 and March 1 of each year (Sec. 6).
  • Requires the Department of Natural Resources to inspect each hunting preserve at least once per year (Sec. 6).
  • Prohibits a hunting preserve license from being sold or transferred unless the license holder meets the following conditions (Sec. 6):
    • The license holder is a partnership, limited liability company, or corporation and is selling or transferring interest in the hunting preserve to an individual who was listed as a partner, member, or stockholder when the license was granted; or
    • The license holder is the owner of a hunting preserve selling or transferring, including through inheritance, interest in the hunting preserve to his or her spouse or child.
  • Classifies an unknowing or unintentional violation of this bill as a Class A infraction and a knowing or intentional violation of this bill as a Level 6 felony (Sec. 6).
Note:

NOTE: THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES A MAJORITY OF THE ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP (AS OPPOSED TO A MAJORITY OF THOSE PRESENT) TO VOTE FOR THE PASSAGE OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS THAT WILL HAVE THE EFFECT OF LAW.

Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Establishes Regulations for High-Fence Hunting Preserves

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