BILL NUMBER: AB 1254 AMENDED
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JANUARY 25, 2010
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JANUARY 14, 2010
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JANUARY 4, 2010
INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Tom Berryhill
FEBRUARY 27, 2009
An act to amend
Sections Section 206
and 1528 of, and to repeal Section 2017 of, the
Fish and Game Code, relating to fish and wildlife.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
AB 1254, as amended, Tom Berryhill. Fish and Game Commission:
hunting and fishing .
The California Constitution creates the Fish and Game Commission.
Existing law establishes the commission in the Natural Resources
Agency to perform specified functions. Existing law requires the
commission to hold no fewer than 10 regular meetings per year, with
no more than 2 regular meetings to be held in Sacramento per year.
This bill would require the commission to hold no fewer than 8
meetings per year, if the commission has adequate funding for related
travel, including funding for department travel. It would also
require no more than 3, rather than 2, regular meetings to be held in
Sacramento per year.
Existing law states that multiple recreational use of wildlife
management areas is desirable and requires the commission to
encourage that use.
This bill would specify that the traditional use of hunting and
fishing is particularly desirable.
Existing law makes it unlawful to take any mammal or bird or to
discharge any firearm upon any land where "PRIVATE PROPERTY NO
HUNTING" signs are displayed as prescribed.
This bill would delete this that
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Section 206 of the Fish and Game Code is amended to
206. (a) The commission shall hold no fewer than eight regular
meetings per calendar year, if the commission has adequate funding
for related travel, including funding for department travel. The
commission may also hold special meetings or hearings to receive
additional input from the department and the public.
(b) The commission shall announce the dates and locations of
meetings for the year by January 1 of that year, or 60 days prior to
the first meeting, whichever comes first. Meeting locations shall be
accessible to the public and located throughout the state, with no
more than three regular meetings to be held in Sacramento per year.
To the extent feasible, meetings shall be held in state facilities.
In setting the dates and locations for regular meetings, the
commission shall also consider the following factors:
(1) Recommendations of the department.
(2) Opening and closing dates of fishing and hunting seasons.
(3) The schedules of other state and federal regulatory agencies
whose regulations affect the management of fish and wildlife of this
(c) The commission shall cause the notice of the schedule for
regular meetings, and notice of any change in the date and location
of a meeting, to be disseminated to the public in a manner that will
result in broad dissemination, including, but not limited to,
electronic distribution, mailings to interested parties, and
publication in local newspapers of affected communities.
SEC. 2. Section 1528 of the Fish and Game Code
is amended to read:
1528. The department shall operate land, or lands and water,
acquired for public shooting grounds, state marine (estuarine)
recreational management areas, or wildlife management areas on a
nonprofit basis. Multiple recreational use of wildlife management
areas, particularly the traditional use of hunting and fishing, is
desirable and the commission shall encourage that use. Except for
hunting and fishing purposes, only minimum facilities to permit other
forms of multiple recreational use, such as camping, picnicking,
boating, or swimming, shall be provided. Except as provided in
Section 1765, and to defray the costs associated with multiple use,
the commission may determine and fix the amount of, and the
department shall collect, fees for any use privileges. However, tours
by organized youth and school groups are exempt from the payment of
those fees. Only persons holding valid hunting licenses may apply for
or obtain shooting permits for public shooting grounds, state marine
(estuarine) recreational management areas, or wildlife management
SEC. 3. SEC. 2. Section 2017 of the
Fish and Game Code is repealed.