SB 588-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
SENATE BILL 588-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. Kenney, Straf. 6
COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources
This bill prohibits wanton waste of an animal and requires the executive director of the fish and game department to adopt rules governing fur-bearing animal taking contests.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
03/12/2020 1159s 20-2781
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 New Paragraph; General Provisions as to Fish and Game; Definitions. Amend RSA 207:1 by inserting after paragraph XXIX the following new paragraph:
XXIX-a. Wanton Waste: The act of intentionally leaving a wounded or killed animal in the field or forest without making a reasonable effort to retrieve and render it for consumption or use. This definition shall not apply to animals that are diseased, and thus unfit for consumption or use, or grossly mutilated, and thus rendered unfit for consumption or use, nor to animals on privately owned property taken in the defense of person or property under RSA 207:26 or RSA 207:30.
207:3-f Wanton Waste.
I. No person shall commit wanton waste of a wild bird or wild animal that has been wounded or killed by that person while hunting. This section shall not apply to animals that are diseased, and thus unfit for consumption or use, or grossly mutilated, and thus rendered unfit for consumption or use. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a violation.
II. This section shall not abridge enforcement actions taken pursuant to RSA 212-A, RSA 207:5, or RSA 211:1. This section shall not apply to wildlife conservation officers, licensed trappers for removal of nuisance animals, persons acting under a pre-damage kill permit, persons acting under a depredation permit, persons acting for scientific purposes under a scientific permit, or persons acting pursuant to RSA 207:22-c, III or RSA 206:26.
III. The executive director shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, regarding the applicability of this section to hunting and fishing in the state.
210:23-a Contests to Take Fur-Bearing Animals. No later than April 1, 2021, the executive director shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, governing the definition of a contest for the taking of a fur-bearing animal, and the organization, promotion, solicitation of participation in, or participation in, any contest that is created specifically for participants to take a fur-bearing animal.
SB 588-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENTS #2020-1069s and #2020-1159s)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill relates to wanton waste of wild birds and animals and the prohibition of wildlife killing contests, and creates a violation level offenses. There is no method to determine how many charges would be brought as a result of the changes contained in this bill to determine the fiscal impact on expenditures. The Judicial Branch estimates average cost of violation level cases to be $52 in FY 2021 and $54 in FY 2022. It should be noted that average case cost estimates for FY 2021 and FY 2022 are based on data that is more than ten years old and does not reflect changes to the courts over that same period of time or the impact these changes may have on processing the various case types.
Fish and Game Department and Judicial Branch
|Feb. 18, 2020||Senate||Hearing|
|March 12, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 11, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 11, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 8, 2020||To Be Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 1|
|Feb. 18, 2020||Hearing: 02/18/2020, Room 103, SH, 09:20 am; SC 6|
|March 11, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-1069s, 03/11/2020; SC 10|
|March 12, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-1069s, 03/12/2020; SC 10|
|March 12, 2020||Special Order to 03/12/2020, Without Objection, MA; 03/11/2020 SJ 6|
|March 12, 2020||Committee Amendment # 2020-1069s, AA, VV; 03/12/2020; SJ 7|
|March 12, 2020||Sen. Watters Floor Amendment # 2020-1159s, AA, VV; 03/12/2020; SJ 7|
|March 12, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendments 2020-1069s and 2020-1159s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/12/2020; SJ 7|
|June 30, 2020||Introduced and Laid on Table MA VV 06/30/2020 HJ 10 P. 5|
|Died on Table|