2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
February 15, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Petrowski, Carpenter, Marklein,
Olsen, Schachtner and Smith, cosponsored by Representatives Edming,
Gundrum, Kuglitsch, Kulp, Mursau, Oldenburg, Pronschinske, Quinn,
Skowronski, Subeck and Tusler. Referred to Committee on Sporting
Heritage, Mining and Forestry.
1An Act to amend
29.983 (1) (b) 5.; and to create
29.983 (1) (b) 5m. of the statutes; 2relating to: a higher wild animal protection surcharge for the unlawful taking
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill increases the wild animal protection surcharge that a court may
impose when a person unlawfully kills, wounds, catches, takes, traps, or possesses
Under current law, if a court imposes a fine or forfeiture for the unlawful killing,
wounding, catching, taking, trapping, or possession of certain wild animals, the
court may impose a wild animal protection surcharge. The statute specifies the
amount of the surcharge allowed for each type of wild animal. Under current law,
the surcharge specified for deer is $43.75. Under this bill, the surcharge specified
for deer is an amount in the court's discretion that is not less than $43.75 and not
more than $5,000.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
29.983 (1) (b) 5. of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) 5. For any deer,
or mink, $43.75.
29.983 (1) (b) 5m. of the statutes is created to read:
(b) 5m. For any deer, an amount in the court's discretion that is not 4
less than $43.75 and not more than $5,000.
This act first applies to violations that occur on the effective date of this 7