A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO (1) ADJUST THE FEES CHARGED FOR CERTAIN HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES ISSUED BY THE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION AND REPEAL THE COUNTY HUNTING, FISHING, AND TRAPPING LICENSES AND THE NONCOMMERCIAL SPECIAL DEVICE LICENSES; (2) ESTABLISH A BLACK BEAR MANAGEMENT STAMP THAT MUST BE PROCURED BEFORE TAKING BEAR WITHIN THE STATE AND AMEND THE LAW RESTRICTING THE TAKING OF BLACK BEAR WITH BAIT; (3) ADJUST THE AGE FOR DISCOUNTED SPECIAL LICENSES FROM AGE SIXTY-FIVE TO AGE SEVENTY; (4) PROVIDE THAT EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015, THOSE HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE FEES IN EFFECT SHALL REMAIN AT THE EXISTING LEVELS UNTIL THE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION ESTABLISHES NEW FEES THROUGH RULE MAKING, AND AUTHORIZE THE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH LICENSE FEES THROUGH RULE MAKING BEGINNING IN 2015; (5) REPLACE THE CURRENT SIX PERCENT WILDLIFE SERVICE AGENT COMMISSION FEE WITH A TWO-DOLLAR TRANSACTION FEE; (6) PROVIDE THAT NO MORE THAN TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION'S AUTHORIZED OPERATING BUDGET SHALL BE KEPT IN RESERVE; AND (7) PROVIDE AN ANNUAL TARGET FOR UTILIZATION OF THE ANNUAL EXPENDABLE INTEREST OF THE WILDLIFE ENDOWMENT FUND.
Senate amendment substitute makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.
Deletes proposed changes made to GS 113-270.1C(b)(2) through (b)(6), concerning increases in fees for specified combination hunting and inland fishing licenses.
Deletes proposed changes made to GS 113-270.1D, Sportsman licenses, deleting proposed increases to Infant, Youth, and Adult Resident Lifetime Sportsman Licenses, as well as Age 70 Resident Lifetime Sportsman Licenses, Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Sportsman Licenses, and Resident Totally Disabled Lifetime Sportsman Licenses.
Deletes proposed fee changes for the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters 3-Day Fishing License, Lifetime Resident Comprehensive Hunting License, the Lifetime Resident Comprehensive Inland Fishing License, Age 70 Resident Lifetime Inland Fishing License, Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Inland Fishing License, the Resident Totally Disabled Lifetime Inland Fishing License, the Infant Lifetime Unified Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing License, the Youth Lifetime Unified Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing License, the Resident Adult Lifetime Unified Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing License, the Resident Age 70 Lifetime Unified Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing License, the Resident Disabled Veteran Lifetime Unified Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing License, Resident Totally Disabled Lifetime Unified Sportsman/Coastal Recreational Fishing License, and the Resident Lifetime Unified Inland/Coastal Recreational Fishing License.
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