Date Requested: January 23, 2015
Time Requested: 09:28 AM
Agency: Natural Resources, Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1635 Introduced HB2181
CBD Subject: Natural Resources


FUND(S):

0265

Sources of Revenue:

General 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 require the Division of Natural Resources to establish a special Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for exclusive use by veterans with a medical disability. It would violate both state law and federal regulation to exclude other users from an existing or new WMA purchased and/or managed with hunting and fishing license funds and/or federal aid funds. Hence, if the bill becomes law, the Division will be required to acquire and manage a new WMA for this exclusive purpose and will require general revenue funding to do so. The Division estimates the cost of acquisition for a 2,000 acre WMA to be approximately $2,000,000. Area management and enforcement cost would be approximately $42,000 annually. The aggregate fiscal impact of the bill is to increase the cost of state government by $2,042,000 in the first full year of implementation and $42,000 annually thereafter.



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 2,042,000
Personal Services 0 0 30,000
Current Expenses 0 0 5,000
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 7,000
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 2,000,000
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


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


    
    Acquisition of new 2,000 acre WMA=$2,000,000
    Annual management and enforcement cost of a new, dedicated 2,000 acre WMA=$42,000
    
    



Memorandum


    
    It would violate both state law and federal regulation to exclude other users from an existing or new WMA purchased and/or managed with hunting and fishing license funds and/or federal aid funds. Hence, if the bill becomes law, the Division will be required to acquire and manage a new WMA for this exclusive purpose and will require general revenue funding to do so.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    



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