Senate Bill No. 48
(By Senators Facemyer, Smith and Weeks)
[Introduced January 8, 2003; referred to the Committee on Natural
Resources and then to the committee on 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 five,
the director shall issue to each qualified resident who applies
single annual license 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 cost must include a four dollar
fee to be paid to the division. In addition, a one dollar issuing
fee 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 DNR.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.