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H.132

Introduced by   Representatives Masland of Thetford, Darrow of Dummerston, Fisher of Lincoln, Klein of East Montpelier and McCullough of Williston

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; milfoil control; milfoil stickers

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to allow the secretary of natural resources to develop a milfoil control sticker for sale for voluntary mounting on paddlecraft.  The stickers would be sold for $20.00 each by persons eligible to sell fishing and hunting licenses, who would be entitled to keep $1.00 and who would be required to deposit the other $19.00 into a milfoil management account that the bill establishes within the fish and wildlife fund.  Proceeds of the fund shall be expended by the secretary for milfoil control grants.

AN ACT RELATING TO ESTABLISHING A MILFOIL CONTROL STICKER FOR DISPLAY ON PADDLECRAFT

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


Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 924 is added to read:

§ 924.  MILFOIL CONTROL PADDLECRAFT STICKERS

(a)  The secretary of natural resources may develop a milfoil control sticker for voluntary mounting on paddlecraft.  The secretary, as part of any program developed under this section, shall select a graphic design for the sticker that is determined to be likely to enhance the public awareness of the state’s interest in controlling milfoil.

(b)  As part of any program developed under this section, the secretary shall coordinate management of the stickers with the commissioner of fish and wildlife, who shall manage sale and distribution of the stickers by persons eligible to sell hunting and fishing licenses, under section 4254 of this title.  Applicants shall pay a fee of $20.00, with $1.00 being retained as a filing fee by the agent.  Fees collected under this section shall be deposited into the milfoil management account established under section 4051 of this title and then shall be expended by the secretary for milfoil control programs under section 922 of this title.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 4051 is added to read:

§ 4051.  MILFOIL MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT

(a)  There is created a milfoil management account within the fish and wildlife fund for the purpose of milfoil control.  The account shall consist of receipts from any sale of milfoil control stickers under section 924 of this title; any gifts, grants, or contributions made to the account; and funds that may be appropriated by the general assembly.  Interest from the account shall be credited annually to the milfoil management account, and the amount in the account shall carry over from year to year.

(b)  The secretary of natural resources may make expenditures from the account under section 922 of this title for purposes of milfoil control.



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