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          AB 1254 (Tom Berryhill)
          As Amended  January 25, 2010
          Majority vote 

           WATER, PARKS & WILDLIFE     11-0APPROPRIATIONS      17-0        
          |Ayes:|Huffman, Fuller,          |Ayes:|De Leon, Conway, Ammiano, |
          |     |Anderson, Arambula, Tom   |     |Bradford, Charles         |
          |     |Berryhill, Blumenfield,   |     |Calderon, Coto, Davis,    |
          |     |Caballero, Fletcher,      |     |Fuentes, Hall, Harkey,    |
          |     |Bonnie Lowenthal, John A. |     |Miller, Nielsen, John A.  |
          |     |Perez, Salas              |     |Perez, Skinner, Solorio,  |
          |     |                          |     |Audra Strickland,         |
          |     |                          |     |Torlakson                 |
           SUMMARY  :  Repeals a section of the Fish and Game Code related to  
          hunting on private lands posted with no hunting signs and  
          modifies requirements for annual Fish and Game Commission (FGC)  
          meetings.  Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Repeals an existing statute making it unlawful to hunt on  
            private property that is posted with "PRIVATE PROPERTY NO  
            HUNTING" signs in specified sizes and locations.

          2)Authorizes the FGC to hold no fewer than eight regular  
            meetings per year if it has adequate funding for travel,  
            including for DFG travel, with no more than three regular  
            meetings to be held in Sacramento. 

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)Makes it unlawful to enter any lands, including lands  
            temporarily inundated by waters, where signs forbidding  
            trespass are displayed, for the purpose of discharging any  
            firearm or taking or destroying any mammal or bird without  
            written permission from the landowner.

          2)Makes it unlawful to take any mammal or bird or to discharge  
            any firearm on lands posted with "PRIVATE PROPERTY NO HUNTING"  
            signs meeting certain specifications.

          3)Requires the FGC to hold no fewer than 10 regular meetings per  


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            calendar year, no more than two of which may be held in  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  Possible minor savings of about $50,000 per year  
          resulting from FGC's authority to hold one more of its regular  
          meetings in Sacramento each year.

           COMMENTS  :  This bill allows the FGC to adjust its meeting  
          schedule to address funding shortfalls, and repeals a section of  
          law relating to trespassing on private property.  This bill  
          repeals Section 2017 of the Fish and Game Code which prohibits  
          hunting on lands posted with "PRIVATE PROPERTY NO HUNTING" signs  
          of specified size and wording.  An argument could be made that  
          this section is unnecessary, since Fish and Game Code Section  
          2016 also prohibits trespass for the purpose of hunting on lands  
          posted with no trespassing signs without prior written  
          permission from the owner.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Diane Colborn / W., P. & W. / (916)  
          319-2096                    FN: 0003585