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General Assembly

Amendment

 

February Session, 2016

LCO No. 5525

   
 

*HB0531505525SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. CHAPIN, 30th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5315

File No. 739

Cal. No. 515

"AN ACT CONCERNING THE HABITUATION OF BEARS AND COYOTES ON PROPERTY NOT OWNED BY THE STATE. "

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 Section 26-25a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):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 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 and authorization to issue warnings and provide educational materials for: (1) First-time violations, and (2) activities that are de minimis in nature that do not constitute a violation, if either occur on property that is not owned by the state. The feeding of birds throughout the year shall constitute a de minimis activity for purposes of such regulations. Any such designation shall be effective after public notice and a public comment period.

(b) 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, except a first-time violation, that occurs on property that is not owned by the state shall result in the issuance of a written warning and provision of education materials. "

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

Section 1

from passage

26-25a