2019 Regular Session
|At the request of:|
|Bill Title:||Relating to wildlife poaching; declaring an emergency.|
Directs State Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish anti-poaching awareness program.
Authorizes State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt rules to implement program. Appropriates moneys from General Fund to State Department of Fish and Wildlife for anti-poaching awareness program. Increases maximum penalty for certain wildlife law offenses committed with culpable mental state to five years' incarceration, $125,000 fine, or both. Increases maximum penalty for certain wildlife law offenses committed without culpable mental state to $2,000 fine. Expands State Fish and Wildlife Commission authority to adopt rules relating to use of drones by State Department of Fish and Wildlife to include use of drones for preventing and detecting poaching. Requires Attorney General to make one or more employees of Department of Justice available to local governments to assist local governments with prosecuting violations of wildlife laws related to poaching. Declares emergency, effective July 1, 2019.
|Fiscal Impact:||Fiscal Impact Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||No Revenue Impact|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||In House Committee|
|Current Committee:||Joint Committee On Ways and Means|
|Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanations:||Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanation Documents|