WEST virginia legislature
2017 regular session
Senate Bill 474
By Senators Maynard and Cline
[Originating in the Committee on Natural Resources; reported on March 7, 2017]
A BILL to amend and reenact §20-2-27 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to hunting licenses; and exempting the list of names, addresses and contact information for license holders from public disclosure with certain exceptions.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That § 20-2-27 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.
§20-2-27. Necessity for license; contact information exempted.
Except as otherwise
provided by law, no resident who has reached his or her fifteenth birthday and
who has not reached his or her sixty-fifth birthday before January 1, 2012, and
no nonresident shall at any time take, hunt, pursue, trap for, kill or chase
any wild animals, wild birds, or fish for, take, kill or catch any fish,
amphibians or aquatic life of any kind whatsoever in this state without first
having secured a license or permit and then only during the respective open
seasons, except that a nonresident who has not reached his or her fifteenth
birthday may fish for, take, kill or catch any fish, amphibians or aquatic life
of any kind whatsoever in this state without first having secured a license or
permit. A person under the age of fifteen years shall not hunt or chase any
wild animals or wild birds upon lands of another unless accompanied by a
(a) Except as otherwise provided by law, a resident between the ages of fifteen and sixty-five, and all nonresidents, may not hunt or take wildlife of any kind in this state without the requisite license, stamp or permit, and then only during the respective open seasons. A resident who is fourteen or younger may hunt and take wildlife without a license if accompanied by a licensed adult. A resident and nonresident who is fourteen or younger may fish for and take fish, amphibians or aquatic life without a license.
(b) Except as otherwise
provided by law,
A a resident
or nonresident member of any club, organization or association, or persons
owning or leasing a game preserve, or fish preserve , plant or pond in
this state shall may not hunt or fish therein without first
securing a the requisite license, stamp or permit as
required by law: Provided, That resident landowners or their
resident children, or bona fide resident tenants of land, may, without a permit
or license, stamp or permit, hunt and fish on their own land during the
respective open seasons in accordance with laws and rules applying to
such hunting and fishing unless the lands have been designated as a
wildlife refuge or preserve.
(c) Licenses, stamps and permits
shall be of
the kinds and classes are set forth in this article and shall be
conditioned upon the require payment of the requisite fees
established for the licenses and permits.
(d) The list of names, addresses and other contact information of all licensees compiled and maintained by the division as a result of the sale and issuance of any resident or nonresident license, stamp or permit, as well as any electronic game information or other personal information obtained pursuant to this chapter, is exempt from disclosure by the division under the Freedom of Information Act, chapter twenty-nine-b of this code, and for any other purpose: Provided, That the records specified in this section shall be available to all law-enforcement agencies, courts or other governmental entities authorized to request or receive the records.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to exempt the list of names, addresses and contact information for hunting license holders from public disclosure with certain exceptions.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.