00 Enrolled HB 161 01 Relating to auctions or raffles for big game harvest permits and to the selection of nonprofit 02 organizations to conduct auctions and raffles for the Department of Fish and Game. 03 _______________ 04 * Section 1. AS 16.05.343(a) is amended to read: 05 (a) The department may donate [ONE BISON HARVEST PERMIT] each 06 year [FOR A BISON FROM THE DELTA BISON HERD] for a competitive auction 07 or raffle harvest permits for four elk from the Etolin Island herd and one bison. 08 The donation may be made only to a nonprofit corporation established to promote 09 education in outdoor traditions and conservation and wildlife protection 10 programs in partnership with the department [FISH AND GAME LAW 11 ENFORCEMENT], subject to the terms of a memorandum of agreement 12 [UNDERSTANDING] developed by the department. 13 * Sec. 2. AS 16.05.343(c) is amended to read: 01 (c) The department, subject to regulations adopted by the commissioner, may 02 issue, through a competitive auction or raffle, up to three harvest permits each year 03 for Dall sheep, up to two harvest permits each year for bison, and up to four 04 [TWO] harvest permits each year for each of the following big game species: [DALL 05 SHEEP, BISON,] musk ox, brown or grizzly bear, black bear, moose, caribou, goat, 06 elk, and wolf. Notwithstanding AS 36.30, the department may authorize a qualified 07 organization selected under (e) of this section to conduct the auction or raffle on 08 behalf of the department. If the department does authorize a qualified organization to 09 conduct an auction or raffle for a big game species, the department shall make 10 available to a qualified organization [BASED IN THE STATE] at least one harvest 11 permit for that species. If the auction or raffle is conducted by a qualified organization, 12 the organization may retain an amount from the gross proceeds of the auction or raffle 13 equal to the administrative cost of the auction or raffle plus an amount not to exceed 14 30  percent of the net proceeds. The percent of the proceeds from the auction or 15 raffle of a big game harvest permit retained by the organization may be used only to 16 support outdoor tradition education projects and conservation and wildlife 17 protection programs approved by the department and may not be used to make a 18 contribution to any candidate for political office or to any organization supporting or 19 opposing ballot propositions or to pay expenses associated with lobbying the 20 legislature or administration. All proceeds from the auction or raffle of the big game 21 harvest permit less the amount that is retained by a qualified organization under this 22 subsection shall be deposited in the fish and game fund under AS 16.05.100. A person 23 who is issued a big game harvest permit under this subsection shall receive upon the 24 person's request a complimentary hunting license and a big game tag for the big game 25 species for which the big game harvest permit is issued. A hunting license issued 26 under this subsection must bear the inscription "Governor's license" or a similar 27 designation. A person who receives a big game harvest permit, hunting license, or big 28 game tag under this subsection may exercise the privileges conveyed by the permit, 29 license, or tag only in accordance with applicable law. In this subsection, "qualified 30 organization" means an organization selected under (e) of this section [A 31 NONPROFIT CORPORATION ESTABLISHED TO PROMOTE FISH AND GAME 01 LAW ENFORCEMENT OR AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS ESTABLISHED TO 02 PROMOTE MANAGEMENT OF HUNTED GAME SPECIES AND USE OF GAME 03 POPULATIONS FOR HUNTING AND THAT COMPLIES WITH APPLICABLE 04 LAWS GOVERNING ACTIVITIES UNDER THIS SUBSECTION]. 05 * Sec. 3. AS 16.05.343 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 06 (e) The department may select a nonprofit organization that promotes 07 education in outdoor traditions and that conducts conservation and wildlife protection 08 programs to conduct auctions or raffles for the department under (c) of this section. An 09 organization selected under this subsection is a qualified organization for purposes of 10 (c) of this section if the organization 11 (1) is incorporated in the state as a nonprofit corporation; and 12 (2) in the judgment of the department, demonstrates support for a state- 13 based model through a user-pays system based on sustained yield and use principles. 14 * Sec. 4. AS 16.05.343(b) is repealed.