|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Cheney of Norwich, Krawczyk of Bennington, Ancel of Calais, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Brennan of Colchester, Canfield of Fair Haven, Clerkin of Hartford, Donaghy of Poultney, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Godin of Milton, Head of S. Burlington, Keogh of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Larocque of Barnet, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Livingston of Manchester, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, Milkey of Brattleboro, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Moran of Wardsboro, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nuovo of Middlebury, O’Donnell of Vernon, Oxholm of Vergennes, Pellett of Chester, Rodgers of Glover, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Sweaney of Windsor, Valliere of Barre City, Weston of Burlington, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington and Zenie of Colchester
Subject: Fish and wildlife; moose permits; veteran’s preference
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require the fish and wildlife board, if a moose hunting season is established, to set aside five moose permits for award to applicants who have served on active duty in any branch of the armed forces of the United States during the Iraq or Afghanistan conflict.
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, five moose permits shall be set aside for award to applicants who have served on active duty in any branch of the armed forces of the United States during the Iraq or Afghanistan conflict. The board shall adopt rules necessary for the department to establish and implement the set‑aside program for veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflict, 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. Veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflict awarded a moose permit under this subsection must possess a valid Vermont hunting or combination license in order to purchase a moose permit.
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