OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5304 (File 290, as amended by House “A”)*

AN ACT CONCERNING CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS PAID IN LIEU OF FINES FOR HUNTING AND FISHING VIOLATIONS.

SUMMARY:

This bill exempts certain fish and game protection constables from having to be certified as a police officer by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST). To be exempt, the constables must (1) be appointed by a town in Hartford County having a population between 44,000 and 50,000 (i. e. , Enfield) and (2) successfully complete a basic police training course that is tailored to the constables' duties and provided by a POST-certified police officer from that town. And, in order to carry a firearm in the course of their duties, such fish and game protection constables must be certified by a firearms trainer of the police department and meet the recertification requirements that apply to the department's regular sworn officers.

*House Amendment “A” replaces the underlying file, which (1) created a “Turn in Poachers account” and the “Lobster Restoration account” as two separate, nonlapsing accounts within the General Fund and (2) allowed a court or a state prosecutor, when deciding how to dispose of a case or whether to dismiss charges, respectively, to consider whether the alleged violator made a charitable contribution to one of the accounts.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

BACKGROUND

Fish and Game Protection Constables

Fish and game protection constables enforce (1) state and local fish and game laws and regulations; (2) local ordinances related to hunting, fishing, and trapping; (3) the law prohibiting people from carrying loaded shotguns, rifles, and muzzleloaders in vehicles and snowmobiles; and (4) the 3rd degree criminal trespass law.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

28

Nay

0

(03/21/2012)

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

50

Nay

0

(04/16/2012)