Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

File No. 252

    January Session, 2017

Substitute House Bill No. 5858

House of Representatives, March 28, 2017

The Committee on Environment reported through REP. DEMICCO of the 21st Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT AUTHORIZING LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 490 of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may establish and issue lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, permits and stamps and combinations thereof.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2017

New section

ENV

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 18 $

FY 19 $

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Revenue Gain

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill allows the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to issue lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, but does not specify any fees or criteria for obtaining these licenses.

Any revenue gain to the state would depend on the revenue schedule adopted by DEEP for lifetime licenses, and the number of people who purchase them. In FY 16, there were 313,105 hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses sold generating approximately $7 million in revenue.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of licenses sold.

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5858

AN ACT AUTHORIZING LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES.

SUMMARY

This bill allows the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) commissioner to establish and issue lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, permits, and stamps, or combinations thereof. It does not specify any fees or criteria for obtaining these licenses. Under existing laws, DEEP generally issues hunting and fishing licenses, permits, and stamps annually, subject to specified fees (CGS 26-27 et seq.).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

29

Nay

0

(03/10/2017)

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