Date Requested:January 25, 2011
Time Requested:02:28 PM
Agency: Natural Resources, Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R2117 Introduced HB2845
CBD Subject: SENIOR RESIDENT LICENSE FEE OF $25
FUND(S)
3200
Sources of Revenue
Special Fund
Legislation creates:
Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    HB2845 creates a Class XS lifetime senior citizen’s hunting, fishing and trapping license. The one-time fee for the Class XS license will be $25. HB2845 will allow the Division of Natural Resources to capture $5.25 per senior annually in additional federal funding from reimbursement of federal excise taxes on sporting arms and ammunition. West Virginia’s senior sportsmen are currently paying these excise taxes but the funds are being distributed only to states that license senior sportsmen. The bill would exempt those currently 65 and older from payment of the license fee. The bill will increase revenue by $180,000 in the first year and then by an increasing amount each year thereafter, peaking at $500,000 annually at the peak of baby-boom retirements in 2023.

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 1,000 1,000
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 1,000 1,000
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 180,000 200,000
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    HB2845 creates a Class XS lifetime senior citizen’s hunting, fishing and trapping license. West Virginia seniors are currently exempt from the requirement to possess a hunting, fishing and trapping license. The one-time fee for the proposed Class XS license will be $25. HB2845 will allow the Division of Natural Resources to capture $5.25 per senior annually in additional federal funding from reimbursement of federal excise taxes on sporting arms and ammunition. West Virginia’s senior sportsmen are currently paying these excise taxes but the funds are being distributed only to states that license senior sportsmen. The bill would exempt those currently 65 and older from payment of the Class XS license fee. An estimated 6,000 sportsmen will purchase these licenses each year. 6,000 X $5.25=$31,500 in federal revenue. 6,000X$25=$150,000 in license fees. Revenues will peak in 2023 at approximately $500,000 annually.
    
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Steve Brown
Email Address:
Walter.S.Brown@wv.gov