Date Requested: January 16, 2015
Time Requested: 04:29 PM
Agency: Natural Resources, Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1115 Introduced HB2083
CBD Subject: Natural Resources


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.


    The purpose of this bill is to exempt Class XS Senior Lifetime License holders from the requirement to purchase any additional hunting or fishing stamps. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources projects that if the bill becomes law, an estimated 18,000 individuals will be exempt from the requirement to purchase Class N, RG, RB, and RM stamps to take advantage of those opportunities, resulting in an estimated first year loss of $145,000 in license revenue. That loss would increase by approximately $40,000 annually as additional individuals purchase Class XS licenses.
    
    License revenue and federal aid provide the bulk of the operating and capital improvements revenue for the agency’s wildlife and law enforcement programs. More free or reduced-fee hunting and fishing license privileges for some must inevitably result in increased license fees for others, thereby reducing participation and economic impact from sportsman expenditures in the state.
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2015
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2016
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 -72,500 -145,000


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    Estimated Class XS License Holders (2015) = 18,000
    Estimated Stamp Revenue from Class XS Licensees (2015) = $145,000
    Estimated Annual Class XS License Sales = 5,000
    Estimated Stamp Revenue Loss From Annual Class XS Licensees = $40,000
    



Memorandum


    License revenue and federal aid provide the bulk of the operating and capital improvements revenue for the agency’s wildlife and law enforcement programs. More free or reduced-fee hunting and fishing license privileges for some must inevitably result in increased license fees for others, thereby reducing participation and economic impact from sportsman expenditures in the state.
    
    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: STEVE BROWN
    Email Address: WALTER.S.BROWN@WV.GOV