2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
March 7, 2019 - Introduced by Senators Cowles, Olsen and L. Taylor, cosponsored
by Representatives Horlacher, Brooks, Crowley, Edming, Kuglitsch,
Milroy, Mursau, Pronschinske, Ramthun, Skowronski, Tittl, Tusler and
Wichgers. Referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Energy.
1An Act to amend
29.563 (13) (b); and to create
29.235 (3r) and 29.563 (4) (a) 2w. 2
of the statutes; relating to: issuance of conservation patron licenses to certain
3veterans with disabilities.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Natural Resources issues various
hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses, permits, and tags (approvals). DNR also
issues certain combination licenses, including resident and nonresident
conservation patron licenses. A conservation patron license confers upon the
licensee the combined privileges of certain approvals, including a small game
hunting license, a deer hunting license, an archer hunting license, and an annual
fishing license. A conservation patron license also confers certain other privileges,
including the authority to take a motor vehicle into state parks and certain other
areas without a vehicle admission receipt.
This bill requires that a veteran who is a state resident be issued a conservation
patron license at a lower fee than the regular license fee if he or she produces
evidence showing that he or she has a service-connected disability rating of 50
percent or greater, as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA),
or is receiving disability benefits from the VA due to being unemployable based on
his or her education and skills as well as his or her medical condition.
For further information see the state and local 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:
29.235 (3r) of the statutes is created to read:
29.235 (3r) Veterans with disabilities.
The department shall issue a 3
conservation patron license at the reduced fee under s. 29.563 (4) (a) 2w. to any 4
resident if the resident produces evidence that shows that he or she is a veteran, as 5
defined in 38 USC 101
, and is receiving disability compensation benefits under 38
for disabilities that result in a disability rating that is 50 percent 7
or greater under 38 USC 1114
, or is receiving disability compensation 8
benefits due to being individually unemployable under 38 CFR 4.16
as authorized 9
under 38 USC 501
29.563 (4) (a) 2w. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 2w. Conservation patron issued to a veteran with a disability 12
under s. 29.235 (3r): $60.25.
29.563 (13) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Surcharge for conservation patron license.
The surcharge for 15
licenses listed under sub. (4) (a) 2. and,
2m., and 2w.
and (b) 2. and 2m. is $4 and shall 16
be added to the fee specified for these approvals under sub. (4).