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House Bill 1563


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House Bill 1563

ARCHIVE (2013)

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DIGEST OF HB 1563 (Updated April 25, 2013 3:06 pm - DI 77)

Natural resource matters. Amends the definition of "minnow" to include only those species of fish that the department of natural resources (DNR) determines by rule. Changes a provision concerning the carrying capacity for boats. Provides that a person operating a personal watercraft may not tow a person unless the total number of persons on the personal watercraft and those being towed is less than or equal to the capacity of the personal watercraft. Allows the director of DNR's designee to serve as a member of the historic preservation review board. Repeals certain prohibitions against the possession or use of a silencer while in the act of hunting. Allows the natural resources commission to set the hunting license fees to hunt certain birds. Establishes an expiration date for certain yearly hunting and fishing licenses. Removes provisions requiring nonresidents to purchase additional hunting licenses if the nonresident's state of residence requires the same of an Indiana resident. Provides that fees from special licenses to shoot on a shooting preserve are not required to be used by DNR to increase the upland game bird population. Changes the minimum application fee for a roe dealer's license from $5,000 to $1,000. Allows DNR to establish a date to submit a report of all purchases of furbearing mammals to DNR. Repeals a provision that prohibits a nonresident from certain field activities with a dog if Indiana residents are not permitted to do the same in the nonresident's state. Provides that animals regulated under shooting preserve regulations are exempt from importation permit requirements. Amends law concerning when an owner of a shooting range is liable for noise or noise pollution. Provides that a person who takes or possesses a deer or wild turkey: (1) unlawfully; (2) by illegal methods; or (3) with illegal devices; while using or possessing a silencer commits a Class C misdemeanor. Requires a nonresident of Indiana to acquire a special license to shoot on licensed shooting preserves in Indiana. Makes the fee for a special license equal to the fee for a resident annual hunting license. Requires DNR to issue the special licenses. Makes hunting on private land without the permission of the owner a Class B misdemeanor if the person does so while using or possessing a silencer. Reduces all hunter orange violations to a Class D infraction. Removes a provision that makes it a Class B misdemeanor for a person to manufacture, possess, display, offer, sell, lend, give away, or purchase certain knives with blades that open automatically.
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