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Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
May 24, 2007
S. Printed 5/24/07--H.
Read the first time April 24, 2007.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 283) to amend Section 50-11-2200, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the establishment of wildlife management areas, so as to provide, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass with amendment:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, in Section 50-11-2200 of the 1976 Code, as contained in SECTION 1, by adding a new subsection (E) to read:
/ (E) Nothing contained in this section shall interfere in any manner with the use and management of lands by a state agency in charge of these lands in the functions of the agency as authorized by law. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.
WILLIAM D. WITHERSPOON for Committee.
TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-2200, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES MAY PROMULGATE REGULATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION, PRESERVATION, OPERATION, MAINTENANCE, AND USE OF LAND LEASED OR ESTABLISHED AS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 50-11-2200 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 70 of 2001, is further amended to read:
"Section 50-11-2200. (A) Subject to available funding, the department shall acquire sufficient wildlife habitat through lease or purchase or otherwise to establish wildlife management areas for the protection, propagation, and promotion of fish and wildlife and for public hunting and fishing. The department may not have under lease at any one time more than one million six hundred thousand acres in the wildlife management area program. The department may not pay more than fair market value for the lease of lands in the area. The department may not lease land for the program which, during the preceding twenty-four months, was held under a private hunting lease. However, this restriction does not apply:
(1) if the former lessee executes a voluntary consent to the proposed wildlife management area lease;
(2) if the lessor cancels the lease; or
(3) to any lands which, during the twenty-four months before June 5, 1986, were in the game management area program. The department may
establish open and closed seasons, bag limits, and methods for hunting and taking wildlife promulgate regulations for hunting and taking wildlife on all wildlife management areas.
(B) The department may promulgate regulations for the protection, preservation, operation, maintenance, and use of
land owned by the department wildlife management areas.
(C) The following acts or conduct are prohibited and shall be unlawful on all wildlife management areas and all other lands
land owned by the department; provided, however, the department may promulgate regulations allowing any of the acts or conduct by prescribing acceptable times, locations, means, and other appropriate restrictions not inconsistent with the protection, preservation, operation, maintenance, and use of such lands:
(1) hunting or taking wildlife or fish during closed season;
(2) exceeding bag or creel limits;
(3) hunting or taking wildlife;
(5) rock climbing;
(6) operation of motorized and nonmotorized vehicles;
(9) horse riding;
(10) operation of boats;
(11) possession of pets;
(12) gathering plants;
(13) use of fire, except by the department for management purposes;
(14) polluting or contaminating any water;
(15) acting in a disorderly manner or creating any noise which would result in annoyance to others;
(16) operating or using audio device, including radio, television, musical instruments, or any other noise producing devices, such as electrical generators, and equipment driven by motor engines, in such a manner and at such times as to disturb other persons and no person shall operate or use any public address system;
(17) possession of alcoholic beverages on land designated for hunting.
(D) A person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than two hundred dollars or be imprisoned for not more than thirty days, or both."
SECTION 2. Section 50-11-2220 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 257 of 2002, is further amended to read:
"Section 50-11-2220. A person convicted twice within a three-year period of
violating Section 50-11-2210 twice within a three-year period, in addition to the penalties incurred for violating Section 50-11-2210, must lose the privilege of entering onto wildlife management area land for one year abusing, damaging, or destroying wildlife management area land or improvements shall lose the privilege of entering onto wildlife management areas for one year. A person who enters a wildlife management area after losing the privilege to enter wildlife management areas is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than two hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days and must have the privilege to hunt or fish suspended for one year in addition shall lose the privilege to enter wildlife management areas for an additional two years and the privilege to hunt and fish for one year. The provisions of this section are in addition to other criminal penalties."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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