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House Bill 1552


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House Bill 1552

ARCHIVE (2003)

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DIGEST OF HB 1552 (Updated April 24, 2003 8:23 PM - DI 77)

Natural resources issues. Makes changes to the classified forest and forest plantation programs. Requires the department of natural resources (DNR) to issue registration decals for off-road vehicles (ORVs). Requires ORVs purchased after December 31, 2003, to be registered and creates exemptions to the registration requirement. Allows certain persons to carry a loaded handgun while operating an ORV or a snowmobile. Increases the injury or damage level required for an ORV or snowmobile operator to file an accident report. Consolidates statutes governing the registration of ORVs and snowmobiles. Prohibits gathering plants or artifacts on private land without the owner's consent. Defines "farmland" for certain hunting license requirements. Requires the department of natural resources to implement an automated point of sale hunting, fishing, and trapping licensing system. Provides for funding of the system. Provides for the bonding of an agent authorized to sell licenses until the earlier of the date the agent begins to offer licenses under the automated point of sale system or July 1, 2005. Removes authority of the circuit court clerk to designate subagents to sell licenses. Establishes procedures to suspend a person's driver's license for failure to appear in response to a summons issued by a conservation officer. Increases and establishes several fees. Deposits certain fees into new or existing funds. Allows the water resources development fund to be used for the operation of the division of water. Allows DNR to regulate the safety and maintenance of certain dams and structures. Removes references to private geologists in the dam inspection laws. Provides that dams have an engineering inspection. Establishes requirements to transfer an oil or gas well permit. Repeals certain provisions concerning classified land programs, state parks and reservoir funds, and agents who are not state employees to retain hunting and fishing license service fees. Makes technical corrections and conforming amendments. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the natural resources study committee.)
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