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H.132

AN ACT RELATING TO ESTABLISHING A VOLUNTARY AQUATIC NUISANCE CONTROL STICKER PROGRAM

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  LEGISLATIVE INTENT

It is the intent of the general assembly that aquatic nuisance control stickers issued by the secretary of natural resources in accord with this act be marketed as a voluntary program for those who wish to aid in increasing public awareness of the state’s interest in controlling aquatic nuisances, and that the stickers not be in any way sold as, or implied to be, required or mandatory.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 924 is added to read:

§ 924.  AQUATIC NUISANCE CONTROL STICKER PROGRAM

(a)  The department of environmental conservation may develop an aquatic nuisance control sticker for voluntary mounting on motorboats, personal watercraft, paddlecraft, or other vehicles or areas of display.  The department, as part of any program developed under this section, shall select a graphic design or designs for the sticker that are intended to enhance the public awareness of the state’s interest in controlling aquatic nuisance species.

(b)  The commissioner of environmental conservation shall have the authority to sell and distribute the stickers.  The charge for an individual aquatic nuisance control sticker sold by any person shall be $10.00.  The department is authorized to sell stickers at a cost of $9.00 per sticker if sold for resale.  The department of environmental conservation shall use monies collected under this section and any gifts, grants, or contributions received by the department for the purpose of aquatic nuisance control to implement the programs authorized by this section and sections 921, 922, and 923 of this title.

Sec. 3.  REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

     The department of environmental conservation shall provide an accounting of the revenue raised by the aquatic nuisance sticker program established under section 924 of Title 10 every three years at the time the agency of natural resources is required to report all fees to the General Assembly under section 605 of Title 32.  The accounting shall be provided to the General Assembly in a spreadsheet format compatible with the fee spreadsheet prepared by the joint fiscal office.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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