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TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-530, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MIGRATORY WATERFOWL STAMPS, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE COST OF THE STAMPS AND THE MANNER THEY ARE SOLD; TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-535, RELATING TO MIGRATORY GAME BIRD PERMITS, FEES, AND INTEGRATION WITH OTHER HUNTING LICENSES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT STATE RESIDENTS AT LEAST SIXTY-FOUR AND WHO HOLD A LIFETIME HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE A MIGRATORY GAME BIRD PERMIT; TO AMEND SECTION 50-11-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE MIGRATORY WATERFOWL COMMITTEE, SO AS TO FURTHER DEFINE THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE MIGRATORY WATERFOWL COMMITTEE; AND TO ADD SECTION 50-11-22 SO AS TO MAKE IT UNLAWFUL TO HARM, DISTURB, OR TAKE ACTIVELY NESTING WATERFOWL OR TO DISTURB OR DAMAGE A WATERFOWL NEST BOX, AND PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 50-9-530 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 372 of 1996, is further amended to read:
"Section 50-9-530. For purposes of this chapter:
(1) 'Migratory waterfowl' means members of the family Anatidae, including brants, ducks, geese, and swans.
It is unlawful for a person to hunt or take migratory waterfowl within this State without first procuring a state migratory waterfowl stamp. It is unlawful to hunt or take migratory waterfowl without having a valid migratory waterfowl stamp in possession while hunting, taking, or transporting migratory waterfowl. A person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than fifty nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days. For the privilege of hunting or taking migratory waterfowl in this State, a person must purchase a migratory waterfowl stamp for five dollars and fifty cents. Evidence of purchase must be endorsed on the hunting license. Fifty cents of the cost may be retained by the issuing sales agent, and the balance must be paid to the department. Stamps expire June thirtieth of each year.
Each stamp required under this section must be validated by the signature of the licensee written across the face of the stamp. Pictorial stamps are not valid for hunting.
The department shall furnish stamps to its authorized licensed sales agents for sale in the same manner as other type licenses. The fee for each stamp is five dollars and fifty cents. Fifty cents of the stamp cost may be retained by the issuing sales agent, and the balance must be paid to the department. Each stamp expires on the last day of June following issuance.
(4) The department may produce additional stamps as commemorative or collector's items which must be sold at a price of not less than five dollars and fifty cents. These proceeds must be retained by the department.
(5)(4) Revenue derived from the sale of the stamp may be used only for the cost of printing, promoting, and producing the stamp and for those migratory waterfowl projects specified by the board for the development, protection, and propagation of waterfowl in this State. None of the funds may be expended for administrative salaries."
SECTION 2. Section 50-9-535 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 305 of 1998, is amended by adding at the end:
"South Carolina residents who have attained the age of sixty-four and hold a state-wide lifetime hunting and fishing license are not required to have a migratory game bird permit."
SECTION 3. Section 50-11-20(B) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 145 of 1995, and (C), as last amended by Act 164 of 2005 is further amended to read:
"(B) There is created the Migratory Waterfowl Committee composed of nine members. A designee, who is not a paid employee
, of Ducks Unlimited of South Carolina, a designee, who is not a paid employee , of the South Carolina Waterfowl Association, and the Chairman of the Board of the Department of Natural Resources, or his designee, shall serve ex officio. Two members are appointed by the Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee of the House of Representatives, two are appointed by the Chairman of the Fish, Game and Forestry Committee of the Senate, and two are appointed by the Governor, all of whom must be cognizant of waterfowl. The members of the committee shall serve for terms of three years and until successors are appointed and qualify. Vacancies are filled for the unexpired term in the manner of the original appointment. The members of the committee shall elect a chairman annually. Members of the committee are eligible to receive the per diem, subsistence, and mileage as is provided by law for members of boards, commissions, and committees.
The committee is responsible for the creation of the annual migratory waterfowl stamp provided in Section 50-9-530, shall provide the design to the department, and shall recommend regulations to the department for the creation of migratory waterfowl stamp prints, their administration, sale, and distribution, and other matters relating to the stamps and their prints. If the committee sells any of the stamps, it shall purchase them from the department for five dollars and fifty cents a stamp, all of which is retained by the department. Funds derived from the sale of prints and related artwork must be expended as follows:
(1) The portion of the funds necessary to make up fifty percent of the total funds derived from the sale of the migratory waterfowl stamps and the migratory waterfowl stamp prints must be transferred by the committee to the department to be used for its specified projects.
(2) Except for the amount necessary for the committee to administer and promote the sale of any prints, stamps, or related articles, the remainder of the funds derived from the sale of the prints and related articles must be disbursed to an appropriate nonprofit organization as determined by the board for the development of waterfowl propagation projects within Canada. The projects must specifically provide waterfowl for the Atlantic Flyway and must demonstrate evidence that the projects are acceptable to the appropriate governmental agencies having jurisdiction over the project areas.
The committee shall manage the selection of the annual commemorative migratory waterfowl stamp design. The department may provide for the production, promotion, and sale of the stamps and any prints or related items. Funds derived from the sale of prints and related items must be expended as follows:
(1) first, for the administration of the migratory waterfowl stamp and print program;
(2) the remainder of the funds must be used to benefit waterfowl for South Carolina. The board may fund an appropriate nonprofit organization for the development of waterfowl propagation projects. The projects shall specifically benefit waterfowl in the Atlantic Flyway and shall demonstrate that the expenditure is acceptable to the appropriate government agency having jurisdiction over the area; and
(3) all balances must be carried forward from year to year so none of the funds revert to the general fund."
SECTION 4. Chapter 11, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 50-11-22. (A) It is unlawful to harm, disturb, molest, or take an actively nesting waterfowl, including the male, except by permit issued by the federal government or its agent.
(B) It is unlawful to disturb, damage, or destroy the nest including a nest box of any waterfowl except by permit issued by the federal government or its agent.
Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than two hundred nor more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for up to thirty days. In addition, anyone convicted forfeits all hunting and fishing privileges for one year."
SECTION 5. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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