bills continue to file into the 2009 legislative session
HB 1017 – (Appropriations Committee at the request of the Governor) – Appropriates $59,566,703 for the Game and Fish Department for the biennium beginning July 1, 2009, and ending June 30, 2011. House Appropriations Committee heard 1/14, no action taken.
HB 1045 – (Legislative Council) – Would continue the prohibition of severance of hunting rights from the surface estate. HNRC to hear 1/15, 9 a.m.
HB 1076 – (Representative DeKrey) – Would prohibit an individual from applying for a license to hunt big game, small game or furbearers who is barred by state or federal law from possessing a firearm. HNRC to hear 1/15, 10 a.m.
HB 1110 – (Agriculture Committee) – Would prohibit an individual from engaging, sponsoring, assisting or profiting from the release, hunting or trapping of feral swine. House Agriculture Committee to hear 1/15, 9:45 a.m., Peace Garden Room.
HB 1125 – (Natural Resources Committee at the request of the Agriculture Commissioner) – Clarifies the current law permitting federal Wildlife Services to control furbearers and deer in cooperation with the North Dakota Agiculture Commissioner and the Game and Fish Director. HNRC to hear 1/15, 2 p.m.
HB 1167 – (Rep’s Delzer, Nottestad, Weiler; Sen’s Freborg, Fischer) – Would allow 13 year olds to participate in the youth deer season if they turn 14 by the opening day of the November deer gun season. Currently, youth must be 14 by the opening day of the youth hunting season. HNRC to hear 1/15, 11 a.m.
HB 1188 – (Rep’s Porter, Damschen, DeKrey, Hanson; Sen’s Hogue, Lyson) – Increases the penalty for some individuals with multiple Game and Fish offenses. HNRC to hear 1/22, 9 a.m.
HB 1210 – (Rep’s Hanson, Gruchalla, Mueller, Porter; Sen’s Fischer, Freborg) – Would prohibit the use of state and federal funds to regulate any enclosed big game or farmed elk facilities. House Agriculture Committee to hear 1/23, 9 a.m.
HB 1211 – (Rep’s Hanson, Gruchalla, Mueller, Porter; Sen’s Fischer, Freborg) – Would require the address or telephone number in addition to the name on all posting signs. HNRC to hear 1/22, 3 p.m.
HB 1216 – (Rep’s Kerzman, DeKrey, Froelich; Senator Lyson) – Would change the structure of the nonresident small game license from two 7-day periods to three 5-day periods. HNRC to hear 1/23, 10:30 a.m.
HB 1217 – (Rep’s Kerzman, Froelich, Hanson, Porter; Sen’s Krauter, Lyson, Wanzek) – Would make it illegal to hunt unharvested oilseed crops (sunflower, safflower, rapeseed or canola, crambe and flax) without permission of the owner or tenant. HNRC to hear 1/22, 10 a.m.
HB 1227 – (Rep’s Headland, Damschen, Porter; Sen’s Erbele, Hogue) – Would provide an online hunter education course for individuals ages 18 and older; allows 12 year olds to hunt deer for one season before turning age 14; eliminates the fee for a habitat restoration stamp and the fee for doe licenses for residents under age 16; establishes a provisional license for individuals over age 18 that entitles them to hunt for free during any two seasons for which licenses are not issued by lottery; and provides $60,000 to Game and Fish for youth hunting programs. Referred to HNRC.
HB 1239 – (Rep’s Hofstad, S. Meyer, Porter; Sen’s Heckaman, Oehlke) – Clarifies that only the owner, or an individual authorized by the owner, may post land. Also defines the standard for the conviction of this offense. HNRC to hear 1/22, 9:30 a.m.
HB 1240 – (Rep’s Hofstad, Hanson, Porter; Sen’s Hogue, Oehlke) – Would change agricultural exemption from licensure for guides and outfitters. HNRC to hear 1/22, 11 a.m.
HB 1246 – (Rep’s Amerman, J. Kelsh, Kempenich; Sen’s Dotzenrod, Lyson) – Would change the structure of the nonresident small game license by making it valid for up to 14 days in periods of at least three consecutive days each. HNRC to hear 1/23, 10 a.m.
HB 1248 – (Rep’s S. Meyer, DeKrey, Delmore, Hanson, Hofstad; Senator Hogue) – Would allow an individual fishing from shore to use up to four poles. HNRC to hear 1/22, 3:30 p.m.
HB 1379 – (Rep’s Onstad, Hatlestad; Senator Warner) – Would appropriate $1.7 million out of the general fund in the state treasury to the Game and Fish Department for constucting a paved roadway and boat ramp near the marina at Arrowhead Point near New Town. HNRC to hear 1/23, 11 a.m.
HCR 3007 – (Rep’s Porter, Carlson, Damschen, Hanson; Sen’s Stenehjem, Hogue) – A concurrent resolution urging Congress to amend federal law to allow North Dakota resident sharpshooters to take elk in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. HNRC to hear 1/22, 2:30 p.m.
SB 2068 – (Senator Behm) – Would replace the social security number with a distinguishing number for a Game and Fish license applicant. SNRC to hear 1/15, 9 a.m.
SB 2146 – (Transportation Committee at the request of the State Treasurer) – Would change the date of payment of state gas tax to the Game and Fish Department from July 1 to any date in July. Senate Transportation Committee to hear 1/16, 9:30 a.m., Lewis and Clark Room.
SB 2165 – (Sen’s Krauter, Lyson; Rep’s Damschen, DeKrey, Kerzman, Nottestad) – Would allow individuals who have not taken the hunter education course to be issued an apprentice hunter validation, entitling them to hunt small game and deer for only one license year in a lifetime. SNRC to hear 1/15, 9:30 a.m.
SB 2189 – (Senator Hogue; Rep’s DeKrey, Hofstad, Porter, Ruby) – Would require a resident to purchase a small game license at age 18 instead of 16, and eliminates license fees for residents under age 18. Referred to SNRC.
HB 1260 – (Rep’s S. Meyer, Damschen, DeKrey, Hanson) – Would have made it illegal for a person to use a bow with an axle-to-axle length under 30 inches. Withdrawn from consideration.