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Introduced Version Senate Bill 403 History

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Senate Bill No. 403

(By Senator Sprouse, By Request)

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[Introduced February 28, 2005; referred

to the Committee on Natural Resources.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-2-5c, relating to prohibiting fishing in rivers and streams stocked with trout on days when trout are released; and requiring the Division of Natural Resources to publish the dates of stocking so that people will know when they may not fish.

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
§20-2-5c , to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.

§20-2-5c. Fishing in rivers stocked with trout on days when trout are released; penalties.

Fishing is prohibited in rivers and streams stocked with trout on days when trout are released into such river or stream between one-half hour before the official sunrise and one-half hour after the official sunset. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than three hundred dollars, or imprisoned in jail not less than ten nor more than one hundred days, or both fined and imprisoned. The Division of Natural Resources shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code which designate specific days for stocking.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit fishing in stocked streams and rivers on days when trout are released into such streams and rivers.

§20-2-5c is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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