House Bill No. 271
Introduced By harper, doherty, masolo, tropila, marshall, raney, crippen, bohlinger, simon, kitzenberg, devaney, mood, dowell
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act increasing the penalty for the intentional importation, introduction, or transplantation of fish in violation of Title 87, chapter 5, part 7; and amending section 87-5-721, MCA."
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 87-5-721, MCA, is amended to read:
"87-5-721. Penalty -- license and permit revocation and denial. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person who violates a provision of this part is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as provided in 87-1-102, and the department, upon conviction of the person, shall revoke any license or permit issued by it under this title to the person and deny any application by the person for a license or permit under this title for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of the conviction.
(2) A person who intentionally imports, introduces, or transplants fish in violation of this part:
(a) is guilty of
a misdemeanor an offense punishable by a fine of not less than $500 or more than $1,000 $5,000 or and
imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both; up to 5 years 1 YEAR. A sentencing court may not defer or suspend
$500 of the fine amount and 7 days of imprisonment.
(b) is civilly liable for the amount necessary to eliminate or mitigate the effects of the violation. The damages may be recovered on behalf of the public by the department or by the county attorney of the county in which the violation occurred, in a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction. Money recovered by the department or a county attorney must be deposited in the state special revenue fund as provided in 87-1-601(1).
(c) upon conviction or forfeiture of bond or bail, shall forfeit from the date of conviction or forfeiture any current hunting, fishing, or trapping license issued under this title and the privilege to hunt, fish, or trap in this state for not less than 24 months. If the time necessary to eliminate or mitigate the effects of the violation exceeds 24 months, a person may be required to forfeit the privilege to hunt, fish, or trap in this state for more than 24 months. If the effects of the violation cannot be eliminated or mitigated, a person may be required to forfeit the privilege to hunt, fish, or trap in this state for the lifetime of that person."