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H.351

Introduced by Representatives Helm of Castleton, Acinapura of Brandon, Allard of St. Albans Town, Atkins of Winooski, Canfield of Fair Haven, Minter of Waterbury and Valliere of Barre City

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; fish and wildlife; lifetime licenses; state lottery commission  

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to transfer authority for a lifetime combination license lottery from the department of fish and wildlife to the lottery commission.

AN ACT RELATING TO ADMINISTRATION OF HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE LOTTERIES

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

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 4153 is amended to read:

§ 4153.  LIFETIME LICENSE; AWARD LOTTERIES

(a)  The commissioner is authorized to hold an annual drawing of applications for prizes that the department may have available such as licenses other than lifetime or other licenses, time at a fish and wildlife conservation camp, and fish and wildlife publications.  However, the A lottery for lifetime licenses shall be conducted pursuant to 31 V.S.A. § 679.  The department shall not offer cash nor purchase or accept goods for the purpose of making them available through the drawing.  Anyone who has reached the age of majority may enter the drawing by filling out an application provided by the commissioner and paying a fee of $2.00.  There is no limit to the number of applications a person may enter.  Prizes shall be awarded by the random drawing of applications.

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Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 4254(h) is amended to read:

(h)  If the board decides to hold a lottery for the purpose of allocating permits to hunt or fish, except for a lottery held pursuant to sections section 4081 or 4153 of this title, 31 V.S.A. § 679, or for water fowl hunting permits for specific areas as defined by the board by rule, the department shall require that each resident entering the lottery shall submit a nonrefundable fee of $10.00 and each nonresident entering the lottery shall submit a nonrefundable fee of $25.00 with each application.  Proceeds from the sale of applications shall be deposited into the fish and wildlife fund.


Sec. 3.  31 V.S.A. § 679 is added to read:

§ 679.  LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES

(a)  The commission, after consultation with the commissioner of fish and wildlife, shall adopt rules creating a lottery that shall annually award up to 12 grand prizes which shall be lifetime combination hunting and fishing licenses.  

(b)  All grand-prize winners must be eligible for a hunting or fishing license pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4254(a) and (b) or must become eligible before the license is awarded.  A grand-prize winner may transfer the license to any individual who is eligible, or will become eligible, for a hunting or fishing license pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4254(a) and (b).

(c)  All grand-prize winners or an individual to whom a grand prize is transferred pursuant to subsection (b) of this section shall be subject to the requirements of 10 V.S.A. § 4279(b)–(e).

(d)  The commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of fish and wildlife, shall establish an amount to be paid annually by the department of fish and wildlife to the lottery commission for the administration of the lottery.

(e)  As each grand prize is awarded, an amount equal to the fee for a lifetime combination license pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 4279(f) shall be transferred from the fish and wildlife fund established by 10 V.S.A. § 4047 to the fish and wildlife trust fund established by 10 V.S.A. § 4049.


Sec. 4.  10 V.S.A. § 4049 is amended to read:

§ 4049.  FISH AND WILDLIFE TRUST FUND

(a)  The general assembly recognizes the importance to the people of Vermont of conserving Vermont’s fish and wildlife resources.  Therefore, in order to provide the opportunity for Vermonters to invest in the future of its fish and wildlife resources, there is hereby created a fish and wildlife trust fund within the fish and wildlife fund which shall consist of:

(1)  Receipts from sales of any lifetime licenses created pursuant to subsection 4279(f) of this title and transfers of an amount equal to the fee for a lifetime license pursuant to 31 V.S.A. § 679(d)(3).

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Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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