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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.610

Introduced by Representatives Branagan of Georgia and Barnard of Richmond

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Fish and wildlife; licenses; free licenses; United States military; Vermont national guard members; Vermont state guard

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to allow free combination hunting and fishing licenses to any Vermont resident in the United States military or  Vermont National Guard.  This bill also allows nonresident members of the Vermont National Guard to obtain a combination hunting and fishing license at the Vermont resident fee level.

AN ACT RELATING TO HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES FOR MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY AND THE VERMONT NATIONAL GUARD

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

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 4258 is amended to read:

§ 4258.  LICENSE; ARMED FORCES

A license to hunt or fish or a combination hunting and fishing license shall be issued, upon payment of the resident license fee, to any member of the armed forces of the United States of America who is on active duty and stationed at some military, air, or naval post, station, or base within the state or to any member of the Vermont National Guard, regardless of the state of residence.  Said The member of the armed forces, desiring a hunting or fishing license, or a combination hunting and fishing license must present a certificate from the commander of said post, station, or base, or his a designated agent, or the Commanding General of the Vermont National Guard, or a designated agent, stating that the person mentioned in the certification is stationed at or attached to said the post, station, or base or enlisted as a member of the Vermont National Guard.  Holders of such licenses shall be subject to all the laws of the state and the rules and regulations of the board regulating hunting and fishing; and for violations of said laws or rules and regulations, shall be subject to the penalties prescribed therefore, and such licenses shall be revoked in the same manner as provided in section 4502 of this title.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 4259 is amended to read:

§ 4259.  VERMONT RESIDENTS; ARMED FORCES

Any resident of the state of Vermont who is serving as active duty or reserve personnel in the armed forces of the United States or is performing or under orders to perform any homeland defense or state-side contingency operation, or both, for a period of 120 consecutive days or more, as certified by the Adjutant General for the Vermont National Guard is eligible to obtain at no cost a hunting or fishing license or a combination hunting and fishing license.  This provision will apply only during the period he or she is serving in the armed forces of the United States, or as certified pursuant to this section.  A person who obtains a license under this section may keep the license until it expires, whether or not the person continues to serve in the armed forces until the expiration date.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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