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General Assembly

Amendment

 

February Session, 2016

LCO No. 4939

   
 

*HB0531504939HRO*

Offered by:

 

REP. MINER, 66th Dist.

SEN. CHAPIN, 30th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5315

File No. 114

Cal. No. 108

"AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVENTION OF THE HABITUATION OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ANIMALS AND THE STATUS OF SNAPPING TURTLES UNDER STATE LAW. "

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Section 26-25a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 prohibiting or restricting the feeding of wildlife on state-owned property and prohibiting or restricting the feeding of American black bears or coyotes on property that is not owned by the state. Such regulations shall include, but not be limited to, procedures for designating areas subject to such prohibitions or restrictions. Any such designation shall be effective after public notice and a public comment period.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of any regulation adopted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, it shall not constitute a violation of this section to feed an American black bear provided such bear is (1) smarter than the average bear, (2) fed from a picnic basket, (3) merely nibbling or noshing, (4) not knowingly featured in or associated with any film production of The Walt Disney Company, or (5) fed from a honey pot provided such pot is of sufficient size, as determined by the commissioner, such that the tongue, snout and head of such bear has sufficient space to extend, lick, sniff and explore, as applicable, without becoming stuck in such pot.

[(b)] (c) Any conservation officer appointed pursuant to section 26-5 and any other officer authorized to serve criminal process may enforce any regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Any violation of such regulations shall be an infraction. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

26-25a