H. B. 2732
(By Delegate Carmichael)
[Introduced January 28, 2003; referred to the
Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources then Finance.]
A BILL to amend article two, chapter twenty of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated section sixty-four,
relating to providing a single resident license for all
hunting, fishing and trapping; and providing that one percent
of the general revenue fund each fiscal year is dedicated for
use by the division of natural resources.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article two, chapter twenty of the code of West Virginia,
one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended by
adding thereto a new section, designated section sixty-four, to
read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.
§20-2-64. One residential license for hunting, fishing and
trapping; one percent of general revenue dedicated to division.
(a) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the
contrary, beginning on the first day of July, two thousand four,
the director shall make available for issuance a single annual
license to each qualified resident who applies which shall entitle
the resident to hunt, trap or fish for any lawful game or fish
during the appropriate hunting, trapping or fishing season so
designated for the particular game or fish without purchasing any
additional state licenses or stamps. The license shall include a
four dollar fee to be paid to the division along with a one dollar
issuing fee which may be charged by any merchant or other person
who is authorized to offer hunting, trapping and fishing licenses
for sale to the general public.
(b) Each fiscal year, one percent of existing funds in the
general revenue fund of the state shall be dedicated as an
appropriation to the division to be used to promote and support the
division's obligations and activities intended to maintain and
preserve the state's game, fishing and nongame wildlife resources,
and for law-enforcement activities for which the division is
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide a single
resident license for all hunting, fishing and trapping. The bill
also would dedicate each fiscal year one percent of all revenue in
the general revenue fund to the Department of Natural Resources.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.