1-1  By:  Harris of Dallas                                  S.B. No. 521
    1-2        (In the Senate - Filed March 1, 1993; March 1, 1993, read
    1-3  first time and referred to Committee on Natural Resources;
    1-4  April 15, 1993, reported favorably by the following vote:  Yeas 9,
    1-5  Nays 0; April 15, 1993, sent to printer.)
    1-6                            COMMITTEE VOTE
    1-7                          Yea     Nay      PNV      Absent 
    1-8        Sims                                          x    
    1-9        Truan              x                               
   1-10        Armbrister         x                               
   1-11        Barrientos         x                               
   1-12        Bivins             x                               
   1-13        Brown              x                               
   1-14        Carriker                                      x    
   1-15        Lucio              x                               
   1-16        Montford           x                               
   1-17        Ratliff            x                               
   1-18        Shelley            x                               
   1-19                         A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
   1-20                                AN ACT
   1-21  relating to the requirement for a muzzleloader hunting stamp;
   1-22  providing a penalty.
   1-24        SECTION 1.  Chapter 43, Parks and Wildlife Code, is amended
   1-25  by adding Subchapter Q to read as follows:
   1-27        Sec. 43.581.  MUZZLELOADER HUNTING STAMP REQUIRED.  No person
   1-28  may hunt wild deer, turkey, or javelina (collared peccary) during
   1-29  an open season prescribed by law or by proclamation of the
   1-30  commission during which only muzzleloaders may be used for hunting
   1-31  unless the person has in the person's possession a muzzleloader
   1-32  hunting stamp.
   1-33        Sec. 43.582.  ISSUANCE AND FORM OF STAMP.  The department or
   1-34  its agent may issue a muzzleloader hunting stamp.  The stamp shall
   1-35  be issued in a form prescribed by the department.  The stamp must
   1-36  be signed on its face by the person to whom it is issued for the
   1-37  stamp to be valid for hunting purposes.
   1-38        Sec. 43.583.  FEE.  The fee for a muzzleloader stamp is $10
   1-39  or an amount set by the commission, whichever amount is more.
   1-40        Sec. 43.584.  HUNTING LICENSE REQUIRED.  The purchase or
   1-41  possession of a muzzleloader hunting stamp does not permit a person
   1-42  to hunt wild deer, turkey, or javelina without the license required
   1-43  by Chapter 42 of this code or by means not authorized by this code.
   1-44        Sec. 43.585.  DISPOSITION OF FEES.  (a)  Fifty cents of a fee
   1-45  collected under this subchapter may be retained as a collection fee
   1-46  by an agent of the department other than a department employee.
   1-47        (b)  After deduction of any collection fee, the net receipts
   1-48  from stamp sales shall be sent to the department.
   1-49        Sec. 43.586.  REFUSAL TO SHOW STAMP.  A person hunting a
   1-50  species named in Section 43.581 of this code during an open
   1-51  muzzleloader season who fails or refuses on the demand of any game
   1-52  warden or other peace officer to show a valid muzzleloader hunting
   1-53  stamp is presumed to be in violation of Section 43.581 of this
   1-54  code.
   1-55        Sec. 43.587.  PENALTY.  A person who violates Section 43.581
   1-56  of this code commits an offense that is a Class C Parks and
   1-57  Wildlife Code misdemeanor.
   1-58        SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1993.
   1-59        SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the
   1-60  crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
   1-61  emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
   1-62  constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
   1-63  days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.
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   1-65                                                         Austin,
   1-66  Texas
   1-67                                                         April 15, 1993
   1-68  Hon. Bob Bullock
    2-1  President of the Senate
    2-2  Sir:
    2-3  We, your Committee on Natural Resources to which was referred S.B.
    2-4  No. 521, have had the same under consideration, and I am instructed
    2-5  to report it back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do
    2-6  pass and be printed.
    2-7                                                         Truan,
    2-8  Vice-Chairman
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   2-10                               WITNESSES
   2-11                                                  FOR   AGAINST  ON
   2-12  ___________________________________________________________________
   2-13  Name:  Robert L. Cook                                          x
   2-14  Representing:  Tx Parks & Wildlife
   2-15  City:  Austin
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