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General Assembly

Amendment

 

January Session, 2003

LCO No. 6768

   
 

Offered by:

 

REP. BERNHARD, 136th Dist.

 

To: House Bill No. 6394

File No. 334

Cal. No. 225

(As Amended)

"AN ACT CONCERNING THE ENDANGERED SPECIES PROGRAMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. "

Strike section 506 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"Sec. 506. Section 26-69 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

The commissioner may engage in wildlife management practices, [and may expend from federal aid funds necessary moneys to establish, construct and maintain, on any state-owned land and water under his control and, with the consent of the owner, on private land and water, wildlife propagation installations, facilities and associated structures, experimental stations and facilities, and perform, or have performed, any work related to the establishment, restoration, improvement, control and protection of wildlife habitats, and perform or have performed any work related to the creation of facilities for ingress and egress and the creation of facilities for public use of any area under its control] including, but not limited to: (1) Managing the wildlife resources of the state to provide sustainable, healthy populations of diverse wildlife species, including endangered and threatened species, consistent with professional wildlife management principles; (2) conducting research to better understand processes and relationships affecting wildlife and habitats; (3) conducting public awareness and technical assistance programs to enhance privately-owned habitat and promote an appreciation for and understanding of the value and use of wildlife; (4) performing any work for the establishment, restoration, improvement, control and protection of wildlife habitats; (5) performing any work to create and maintain facilities for ingress and egress for public use of any area under said commissioner's control; (6) regulating hunting seasons and bag limits for all harvestable wildlife species within Connecticut; (7) managing public hunting and wildlife recreational opportunities on state-owned, state-leased, permit-required areas and cooperative wildlife management areas; and (8) conducting, with volunteer assistance, conservation education and safety programs to promote safe and ethical hunting practices. Said commissioner may expend from federal aid funds necessary moneys for supplies, materials, equipment, temporary personal services and contractual services to carry out the provisions of this section. Any utilization of such powers by the commissioner shall be documented and subject to disclosure pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Such documentation shall include, but not be limited to: An explanation of the need for such use, the duration of such use, a description of the power used, the location where such power was used, the names of the persons or entities that may take animals pursuant to the plan, any conditions of the plan, the methods used under the plan and any species taken under the plan."