Senate Bill No. 47
(By Senators Facemyer, Lanham, Minear)
[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the Committee
on Natural Resources; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §20-2-65, relating to
providing a single resident license for all hunting, fishing
and trapping; and providing that one percent of the general
revenue fund each fiscal year is dedicated for use by the
Division of Natural Resources.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-2-65, to read as
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.
§20-2-65. One residential license for hunting, fishing and
trapping; one percent of general revenue dedicated
(a) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, beginning on the first day of July, two thousand six, the
director shall issue to each qualified resident who applies for a
single annual license which shall entitle the resident to hunt,
trap or fish for any lawful game or fish during the appropriate
hunting, trapping or fishing season so designated for the
particular game or fish without purchasing any additional state
licenses or stamps. The license cost must include a four dollar
fee to be paid to the division. In addition, a one dollar issuing
fee may be charged by any merchant or other person who is
authorized to offer hunting, trapping and fishing licenses for sale
to the general public.
(b) Each fiscal year, one percent of existing funds in the
general revenue fund of the State shall be dedicated as an
appropriation to the division to be used to promote and support the
division's obligations and activities intended to maintain and
preserve the state's game, fishing and nongame wildlife resources,
and for law-enforcement activities for which the division is
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide a single resident
license for all hunting, fishing and trapping. The bill also would
dedicate each fiscal year one percent of all revenue in the general
revenue fund to DNR.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.