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Senate Game & Fisheries Committee
1:50 p.m., 1/26/10, Rules Committee Conference Room
By Jeff Cox

The committee met to consider five bills.

SB 1026 Kasunic - (PN 1296) Amends Title 34 (Game) further providing for elk hunting licenses. Provides the Game Commission shall transfer one bull elk tag by June 30, 2009, and one bull elk tag by April 30 of each year thereafter, to the Governor's Office. Further provides the Governor's Office is authorized through an objective and established process to auction off a special license, which shall be known as the "Governor's Tag", to hunters interested in the opportunity to hunt one bull elk in the next license year beginning more than one year following the transfer. Also provides nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prevent a one-time transfer of the Governor's tag by the purchaser at auction if the tag is transferred without consideration to another properly licensed hunter for his use under the same terms and conditions as the original purchaser. - The bill was unanimously reported as amended.

A05485 by Kasunic, provides for the implementation of an "Elk Conservation Tag" in which an Elk Tag Conservation Advisory Committee is appointed to select a wildlife conservation organization to auction off a bull elk tag on an annual basis. The amendment was unanimously adopted.

Senator Charles McIlhinney (R-Bucks) asked if this is a new tag. Senator Richard Kasunic (D-Fayette) said the tag already exists but the purpose of the bill and amendment is to elevate its status.

Senator Robert Robbins (R-Mercer) wanted to know how many elk tags are issued. Steve Smith from the Game Commission responded that about 60 tags were issued this past year. Senator Robbins asked how many applications the commission received. Smith said there were thousands. Senator Robbins expressed concern about the advisory committee and the selection of a conservation group.

Senator John Wozniak (D-Cambria) advised that it would be better to "throw the names of the groups into a hat" and make a selection. Senator Kasunic responded that the advisory committee would establish guidelines for the selection.

HB 181 Cutler - (PN 1851) Amends Title 34 (Game) further providing for powers and duties of enforcement officers relating to searches and for resisting or interfering with an officer. Also allows courts to continue to decide the definition of curtilage as it pertains to cabins. (Prior Printer Number: 180, 1379) - The bill was unanimously reported as committed.

HB 1523 Kula - (PN 2208) Amends Title 34 (Game) changing the legal blood alcohol limit for adults from 0.10% to 0.08%. Further provides it is prima facie evidence if the amount of alcohol by weight in the blood of a minor is equal to or greater than 0.02% at the time the chemical test is performed on a sample of the minor's breath, blood or urine. Also the amount of time in which the sample may be obtained is reduced from three hours to two hours. (Prior Printer Number: 1890) - The bill was unanimously reported as committed.

HB 1859 Staback - (PN 2445) Amends Title 34 (Game) increasing the charge for assaulting an office from a misdemeanor of the second degree to a felony of the second degree and increasing the fines and penalties for the offense. Also increases or adds penalties for violations of certain unlawful acts. - The bill was unanimously reported as amended.

A05480 by Kasunic, was described as a technical amendment. The amendment was unanimously adopted.
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