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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature

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 [10] 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.                                                                             
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