Introduced by Representative Hutchinson of Randolph
Subject: Fish and wildlife; access areas; commercial outfitter permit
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to authorize the use of fish and wildlife access areas by nonmotorized vessels used for commercial purposes when the owners of such vessels obtain a commercial outfitter access area permit.
AN ACT RELATING TO A PERMIT FOR COMMERCIAL USE OF FISH AND WILDLIFE ACCESS AREAS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 10 V.S.A. § 4145 is amended to read:
§ 4145. ACCESS, LANDING AREA RULES
(a) The board may adopt rules, under chapter 25 of Title 3, to regulate the use by the public of access areas, landing areas, parking areas, or of other lands or waters acquired or maintained pursuant to section 4144 of this title. Such rules shall be posted in the areas affected and shall permit the launching of all vessels which have a Vermont registration certificate required by chapter 29 of Title 23 and the parking of vehicles and boat trailers used by these vessels. The rules shall not preclude the authorization to launch vessels not registered in Vermont. These rules also shall permit the launching of all nonmotorized vessels not used for commercial purposes, the launching of nonmotorized vessels used for commercial purposes when the owner of the vessel has obtained a permit under subsection (e) of this section, and the parking of vehicles and boat trailers used by these vessels.
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(e) No nonmotorized vessel used for commercial purposes shall be launched at a fish and wildlife access area unless the owner of the vessel has obtained a valid commercial outfitter access area permit from the department and affixed it in accordance with regulations adopted by the board to the vehicle or boat trailer used to transport the vessel. The permit shall be available from any agent who sells fish and wildlife licenses and shall be sold for $100.00. Fees from the sale of permits under this subsection shall be deposited in the fish and wildlife fund.
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