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HB 17: "An Act establishing a fish and game conservation program in the Department of Fish and Game; and establishing a fish and wildlife conservation program account within the fish and game fund."

00                              HOUSE BILL NO. 17                                                                          
01 "An Act establishing a fish and game conservation program in the Department of Fish                                     
02 and Game; and establishing a fish and wildlife conservation program account within the                                  
03 fish and game fund."                                                                                                    
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. AS 16.05.110(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
06            (a)  The fish and game fund shall be made up of the following money and other                                
07       money the legislature appropriates, which shall be deposited and retained in the fund                             
08       until expended:                                                                                                   
09                 (1)  money received from the sale of state sport fishing, hunting, and                                  
10       trapping licenses, tags, and special permits, waterfowl conservation tags purchased by                            
11       hunters, and anadromous salmon tags purchased by fishermen;                                                       
12                 (2)  proceeds received from the sale of furs, skins, and specimens taken                                
13       by predator hunters and other employees;                                                                          
14                 (3)  money received in settlement of a claim or loss caused by damage                                   
01       to the fish and game resources of the state;                                                                      
02                 (4)  money received from federal, state, or other governmental unit, or                                 
03       from a private donor for the fish and wildlife conservation program under                                     
04       AS 16.05.352 or other fish and game purposes;                                                                 
05                 (5)  interest earned on [UPON] money in the fund;                                                   
06                 (6)  money from any other source.                                                                       
07    * Sec. 2. AS 16.05.130 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
08            (h)  Contributions and grants made under AS 16.05.352 to the fish and wildlife                               
09       conservation program in the department shall be deposited in a separate account in the                            
10 fish and game fund, which shall be known as the fish and wildlife conservation                                          
11 program account. The department shall use appropriations to the fish and wildlife                                       
12 conservation program from the account for activities intended to directly benefit fish                                  
13 and wildlife conservation. In this subsection, "fish and wildlife conservation" does not                                
14 include intensive management programs intended to sustain and enhance big game                                          
15       prey populations for human harvest under AS 16.05.255(e).                                                         
16    * Sec. 3. AS 16.05.352 is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                          
17 Sec. 16.05.352. Fish and wildlife conservation program. (a) The fish and                                              
18 wildlife conservation program is established in the department. The purpose of the                                      
19 program is to provide a person who does not support intensive management programs                                       
20 under AS 16.05.255(e) a means of contributing to fish and wildlife conservation                                         
21 efforts in the state. The department shall accept contributions and grants made to the                                  
22 program for the purpose of and under conditions described in AS 16.05.050(a)(4) for                                     
23       the direct benefit of fish and wildlife conservation, as specified in AS 16.05.130(h).                            
24 (b)  As part of the program established by this section, the department shall                                           
25 annually develop fish and wildlife conservation program emblems. The department                                         
26 shall, by appropriate means, provide for the selection of designs for the emblems and                                   
27 for the production of the selected designs in mediums and in quantities that the                                        
28 commissioner considers appropriate. The department shall provide a person who                                           
29 makes a grant or contribution under (a) of this section of $20 or more with a decal,                                    
30 certificate, artwork, or other form of recognition that bears a conservation emblem.                                    
31 The department may provide different forms of recognition for different amounts of                                      
01       contributions or grants to the program.                                                                           
02            (c)  Funds provided to the department under this section shall be deposited in                               
03       the fish and wildlife conservation account established under AS 16.05.130(h) and used                             
04       for the purposes provided in this section.