|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representative Adams of Hartland
Subject: Fish and wildlife; deer herd; regulations
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to postpone until 2014 the sunset of the fish and wildlife board’s authority to adopt rules regulating the deer herd.
AN ACT RELATING TO POSTPONING THE SUNSET OF THE FISH AND WILDLIFE BOARD’S AUTHORITY TO ADOPT RULES REGULATING THE DEER HERD
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. POSTPONEMENT OF SUNSET OF AUTHORITY OF FISH AND
WILDLIFE BOARD TO ADOPT RULES FOR THE REGULATION OF THE DEER HERD
Sec. 7 of No. 136 of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004) is amended to read:
Sec. 7. EFFECTIVE DATES; TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
(a) Sec. 1 of this act shall take effect on July 1, 2004. At that time, the governor shall appoint fish and wildlife board members to fill all terms which have expired as well as seven new members to ensure that each county is represented on the board. However, the governor shall appoint the new members to terms of two to six years in a way which ensures that no more than three and no fewer than two terms expire in any one year. After 2004, members shall be appointed to six‑year terms.
(b) Secs. 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this act shall take effect on July 1, 2004. However, on passage of this act, the fish and wildlife board is authorized to adopt temporary rules regarding management of the deer herd and shall follow the procedures for rulemaking contained in chapter 25 of Title 3 to the extent reasonably possible. For each such rule, the board shall conduct a hearing but, when necessary, may schedule the hearing for a day before the terms of the rule are expected to be determined. Rules adopted under this subsection shall:
(1) make provision for a regular rifle hunting season pursuant to section 4741 of Title 10, and for an archery season and a muzzle loader season unless there is a scientific reason not to do so.
(2) remain in effect until the board has adopted permanent rules regarding management of the deer herd or July 1, 2005, whichever is sooner.
(c) Secs. 6 and 7 of this act shall take effect on passage.
(d) Secs. 2, 3, and 4 of this act are repealed on June 30,
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