|BILL AS PASSED BY HOUSE||2007-2008|
AN ACT RELATING TO AWARDING MOOSE PERMITS TO VERMONT VETERANS OF AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 10 V.S.A. § 4254(i) is amended to read:
(i)(1) If the board establishes a moose hunting season, up to five moose permits shall be set aside to be auctioned. The board shall adopt rules necessary for the department to establish, implement, and run the auction process. Proceeds from the auction shall be deposited in the fish and wildlife fund and used for conservation education programs run by the department. Successful bidders must have a Vermont hunting or combination license in order to purchase a moose permit. Beginning with the 2006 hunting season, the five moose permits set aside for auction shall be in addition to the number of annual moose permits authorized by the board.
(2) If the board establishes a moose hunting season, there shall be established a program to set aside five moose permits for Vermont residents who have served on active duty in any branch of the armed forces of the United States and who have been awarded or are eligible to receive a campaign ribbon for Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. The department of fish and wildlife shall adopt a procedure to implement the set‑aside program for veterans who have been awarded or are eligible to receive a campaign ribbon for Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, including a method to award applicants preference points and a method by which veterans who applied for but failed to receive a permit in one hunting season are awarded priority in the subsequent moose hunting season. The procedure adopted under this subdivision shall be consistent with the preference system for the permit auction authorized under subdivision (i)(1) of this section. Veterans awarded a moose permit under this subsection must possess a valid Vermont hunting or combination license in order to purchase a moose permit. The department of fish and wildlife shall coordinate with the department of veterans affairs to provide notice to eligible veterans of the moose permits set-aside under this subsection.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect upon passage.
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street