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Introduced Version House Bill 2959 History

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H. B.2959


(By Mr. Speaker (Mr. Kiss) and Delegates Staton, Amores, Browning, Mahan and G. White)

[Introduced March 10, 2005; referred to the

Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources then the Judiciary.]



A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-2-5f, relating to the creation of a criminal offense for any person to knowingly hunt, kill, trap, ensnare, destroy or attempt to destroy an albino deer; establishing fines and penalties for such violations.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-2-5f, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.

§20-2-2f. Albino deer.
(a) Except as provided in section fifteen, article two, chapter twenty of this Code, it is unlawful for any person to knowingly hunt, take, kill, trap, ensnare, destroy, attempt to destroy, or to have in such person's possession albino deer, which is a deer with a lack of significant deficiency of pigment in the skin and hair and with pink eyes.
(b) Anyone who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned in a county or regional jail not less than ten nor more than one hundred days, or both fined and imprisoned.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make it a unlawful to hunt, trap, shoot, destroy, attempt to destroy or possess an albino deer, and to provide penalties and fines for such violations.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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