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View NCGA Bill Details2023-2024 Session
House Bill 1051 (Public) Filed Thursday, May 2, 2024
Intro. by Jeffers.

Status: Ref to the Com on Wildlife Resources, if favorable, Appropriations, if favorable, Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House action) (May 7 2024)
H 1051

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: May 2 2024 - View Summary

    Identical to S 834, filed 5/2/24.

    Recodifies GS 113-129(10a) to GS 113-129(10b) in GS 113-129 (definitions relating to resources). Adds new GS 113-129(10a) defining invasive species as six listed species along with other exotic species regulated by the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) under GS 113-292 and any other species not native to the State that the WRC, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DCAS), determines to be a threat to native ecosystems, a threat to introduce epizotic diseases to native species, or a risk to agriculture.

    Adds new GS 113-292.1 pertaining to control of invasive species, as follows. Sets out findings. Requires the WRC to issue rules establishing open seasons and manner of take requirements in all 100 counties of the State for all invasive species that the WRC determines to be game animals or game birds. Specifies that seasons established must maximize opportunities for hunters and trappers to take invasive species. Requires the WRC to develop programs to encourage control of invasive species that the WRC finds are not game animals or game birds by State agencies, local governments, private landowners, hunters, and trappers. Repeals any local acts in conflict with GS 113-292.1 to the extent of the conflict. 

    Adds new GS 113-292.2, the Invasive Species Management Fund (Fund). Specifies that the new Fund consists of General Fund appropriations, gifts, grants, devises, funds contributed by non-State entities, and any other revenues or receipts of the WRC specifically allocated to the Fund by the act of the General Assembly. Specifies three uses of the fund. Authorizes the WRC to declare an invasive species emergency if it determines that an introduction of an invasive species to the State constitutes a significant threat to ecosystems, agriculture, and private property across the State. Provides for a process for the WRC to request emergency funds from the Fund. Requires that the WRC submit annual reports by no later than October 1, regarding activities completed or undertaken with financial support from the Fund to the specified NCGA committee and the Fiscal Research Division.  

    Appropriates $5 million in recurring funds for the 2024-2025 from the General Fund to the WRC, to be allocated to the Fund. 

    Effective July 1, 2024.