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HOUSE BILL NO. 435
INTRODUCED BY P. CLARK
AN ACT REVISING THE POWERS OF THE FISH, WILDLIFE, AND PARKS COMMISSION TO ALLOW THE COMMISSION TO ADOPT RULES REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SPECIAL LICENSES OR PERMITS, SEASONS, CONDITIONS, PROGRAMS, OR OTHER PROVISIONS THAT THE COMMISSION CONSIDERS APPROPRIATE TO PROMOTE OR ENHANCE HUNTING BY PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES; AMENDING SECTION 87-1-301, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 87-1-301, MCA, is amended to read:
"87-1-301. Powers of commission. (1) The commission
(a) shall set the policies for the protection, preservation, and propagation of the wildlife, fish, game, furbearers, waterfowl, nongame species, and endangered species of the state and for the fulfillment of all other responsibilities of the department as provided by law;
(b) shall establish the hunting, fishing, and trapping rules of the department;
(c) shall establish the rules of the department governing the use of lands owned or controlled by the department and waters under the jurisdiction of the department;
(d) must have the power within the department to establish wildlife refuges and bird and game preserves;
(e) shall approve all acquisitions or transfers by the department of interests in land or water;
(f) shall review and approve the budget of the department prior to its transmittal to the budget office; and
(g) shall review and approve construction projects whose estimated cost is more than $1,000 but less than $5,000.
(2) The commission may adopt rules regarding the use and type of archery equipment that may be employed for hunting and fishing purposes, taking into account applicable standards as technical innovations in archery equipment change.
(3) The commission may adopt rules regarding the establishment of special licenses or permits, seasons, conditions, programs, or other provisions that the commission considers appropriate to promote or enhance hunting by Montana's youth and persons with disabilities.
(4) (a) The commission may adopt rules regarding nonresident big game combination licenses to:
(i) separate deer licenses from nonresident elk combination licenses;
(ii) set the fees for the separated deer combination licenses and the elk combination licenses without the deer tag;
(iii) condition the use of the deer licenses; and
(iv) limit the number of licenses sold.
(b) The commission may exercise the rulemaking authority in subsection (4)(a) when it is necessary and appropriate to regulate the harvest by nonresident big game combination license holders for the biologically sound management of big game populations of deer and elk and to control the impacts of those deer and elk populations on uses of private property. (Subsection (4) terminates October 1, 2001--sec. 6, Ch. 355, L. 1997.)"
Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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