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2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT 1,
TO 2011 ASSEMBLY BILL 311
October 20, 2011 - Offered by Representative Steineke.
AB311-ASA1,1,12 1An Act to renumber and amend 29.591 (2); to amend 29.197 (3), 29.237 (1m),
229.563 (2) (intro.), 29.563 (3) (intro.), 29.563 (6) (intro.), 29.597 (1) (a) and
329.597 (1) (c); and to create 15.347 (21), 23.0916 (3m), 23.0917 (8) (f), 29.036,
429.084, 29.563 (6) (a) 1m., 29.563 (6m), 29.591 (1) (am), 29.591 (2) (b), 29.597
5(1m), 29.597 (2) (c), 29.597 (2) (d) and 120.13 (30) of the statutes; relating to:
6creating a sporting heritage council; programs to encourage hunting, trapping,
7fishing, and outdoor recreation activities; access to land under the Warren
8Knowles-Gaylord Nelson stewardship program; reduced fees for certain
9hunting, trapping, and fishing approvals; high school credit under and
10administration of the hunter and trapper education programs; waiving fishing
11license requirements for weekend fishing events; sturgeon spearing license age
12requirements; and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB311-ASA1, s. 1 1Section 1. 15.347 (21) of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-ASA1,2,32 15.347 (21) Sporting heritage council. (a) There is created in the department
3of natural resources a sporting heritage council consisting of the following members:
AB311-ASA1,2,54 1. The secretary of natural resources, or his or her designee, who shall serve
5as chairperson.
AB311-ASA1,2,66 2. Two members, appointed by the governor.
AB311-ASA1,2,87 3. Two members, appointed by the speaker of the assembly, who may not be
8members of the same political party.
AB311-ASA1,2,109 4. Two members, appointed by the senate majority leader, who may not be
10members of the same political party.
AB311-ASA1,2,1711 5. Five members, appointed by the secretary of natural resources from
12nominations provided by sporting organizations that have as their primary objective
13the promotion of hunting or trapping. Of the 5 members, one shall represent the
14interests of deer hunters, one shall represent the interests of bear hunters, one shall
15represent the interests of waterfowl hunters, one shall represent the interests of
16upland game hunters, and one shall represent the interests of furbearing animal
17hunters and trappers.
AB311-ASA1,2,2018 6. One member, appointed by the secretary of natural resources from
19nominations provided by a sporting organization that has as its primary objective the
20promotion of fishing.
AB311-ASA1,2,2321 7. Two members, appointed by the secretary of natural resources, each of whom
22has held a conservation patron license for 2 of the 3 license years preceding the date
23of the member's appointment.
AB311-ASA1,3,2
18. One member, appointed by the executive committee of the conservation
2congress, who is a member of the conservation congress.
AB311-ASA1,3,43 (b) The members of the sporting heritage council appointed under par. (a) 2. to
48. shall be appointed for 3-year terms.
AB311-ASA1,3,55 (c) The sporting heritage council shall meet at least 4 times each year.
AB311-ASA1, s. 2 6Section 2. 23.0916 (3m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-ASA1,3,117 23.0916 (3m) Board determinations. (a) Except as provided in par. (b), a
8determination by the natural resources board under sub. (2) (b) or (c) or (3) (b) or (c)
9with regard to public access on land or an easement requires 5 or more members of
10the natural resources board to concur in that determination if the land or easement
11was acquired on or after the effective date of this subsection .... [LRB inserts date].
AB311-ASA1,3,1512 (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to a determination by the natural resources
13board with regard to public access on an easement, if the primary purpose of the
14easement is to provide public access to a navigable water on which public fishing is
15allowed.
AB311-ASA1, s. 3 16Section 3. 23.0917 (8) (f) of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-ASA1,3,2017 23.0917 (8) (f) The department may not obligate moneys from the
18appropriation under s. 20.866 (2) (ta) to award a grant under sub. (3) or (4) unless
19the department first considers whether the grant will benefit local businesses and
20the economy of this state.
AB311-ASA1, s. 4 21Section 4. 29.036 of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-ASA1,3,25 2229.036 Sporting heritage council. (1) The sporting heritage council shall
23study, and provide advice and make recommendations to the governor, the natural
24resources board, and the legislature about, issues relating to hunting, trapping,
25fishing, and other types of outdoor recreation activities including all of the following:
AB311-ASA1,4,2
1(a) Ways to improve the recruitment and retention of hunters, trappers, and
2anglers.
AB311-ASA1,4,53 (b) Ways to improve the management and protection of the natural resources
4of this state for the purpose of hunting, trapping, fishing, and other types of outdoor
5recreation activities.
AB311-ASA1,4,76 (c) Ways to encourage youth to participate in outdoor recreation activities
7including ways to implement outdoor recreation programs for youth.
AB311-ASA1,4,98 (d) Ways to improve access to public and private land for hunting, trapping,
9fishing and other types of outdoor recreation activities.
AB311-ASA1,4,1010 (e) Ways to improve public access to lakes.
AB311-ASA1,4,1111 (f) Ways to increase the availability of public shooting ranges.
AB311-ASA1,4,18 12(2) The sporting heritage council shall prepare a biennial report on the status
13of the recruitment and retention of hunters, trappers, and anglers in this state. The
14sporting heritage council shall submit its initial report under this subsection no later
15than July 1, 2014, and shall submit subsequent reports no later than July 1 of each
16even-numbered year thereafter, to the governor, to the chairperson of the natural
17resources board, and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature, for
18distribution to the appropriate standing committees under s. 13.172 (3).
AB311-ASA1, s. 5 19Section 5. 29.084 of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-ASA1,4,25 2029.084 Incentives for recruitment. The department shall establish a
21program to recognize people who recruit others as hunters, trappers, and anglers.
22The program shall include a component under which a person who is issued his or
23her first hunting, trapping, or fishing approval in his or her lifetime may designate
24one person as the person who encouraged the applicant to obtain the license. The
25program shall provide for all of the following:
AB311-ASA1,5,2
1(1) A method for maintaining a record of persons designated as provided under
2this section.
AB311-ASA1,5,14 3(2) A method for issuing a credit to any resident who is designated as provided
4under this section a specified number of times, as determined by the department, in
5any license year. The method shall require the department to allow the recipient of
6the credit to apply the credit in a manner that reduces the fee for an approval that
7is listed under s. 29.563 (2) (a) 1., 2., 4. to 5g., or 7. to 9., (3) (a) 1., or (6) (a) 1. by
8one-half of the fee that would otherwise apply to the approval, rounded up to the
9nearest dollar, that reduces the fee specified in s. 29.563 (4) (a) 1. for a resident sports
10license by $20, or that reduces the fee specified in s. 29.563 (4) (a) 2. for a resident
11conservation patron license by $60. The department may not require a resident to
12be designated more than 5 times in a license year in order to be eligible for a credit
13under this subsection. In this subsection, "license year" means the period between
14April 1 and the following March 31.
AB311-ASA1,5,17 15(3) A method under which a person who is designated as provided under this
16section by more than 20 different people may be entered in a drawing for prizes
17awarded by the department.
AB311-ASA1,5,19 18(4) A method under which a person may donate a prize to the department to
19be awarded in a drawing under sub. (3).
AB311-ASA1, s. 6 20Section 6. 29.197 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB311-ASA1,6,321 29.197 (3) Weekend event events. In addition to any special event or program
22sponsored under sub. (2), the department shall, by rule, for a designate 2 special
23event for one weekend weekends per year, during which it shall waive the
24requirement that persons be issued fishing licenses and pay the applicable fees in
25order to fish in the waters of this state. The department shall designate the 3rd full

1weekend in January as one of the special event weekends.
The department shall, by
2rule, designate to which inland or outlying waters this waiver these waivers shall
3apply.
AB311-ASA1, s. 7 4Section 7. 29.237 (1m) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB311-ASA1,6,75 29.237 (1m) Subject to s. 29.024 and any limit imposed under s. 29.192 (3), a
6sturgeon spearing license shall be issued by the department to any person applying
7for this license who is at least 14 12 years old.
AB311-ASA1, s. 8 8Section 8. 29.563 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB311-ASA1,6,109 29.563 (2) Hunting approvals. (intro.) Except as provided in sub. (2m) and,
10(2r), and (6m), the fees for hunting approvals are as follows:
AB311-ASA1, s. 9 11Section 9. 29.563 (3) (intro.) of the statutes, as affected by 2009 Wisconsin Act
12364
, is amended to read:
AB311-ASA1,6,1413 29.563 (3) Fishing approvals. (intro.) Except as provided in subs. (3m) and,
14(3r), and (6m), the fees for fishing approvals are as follows:
AB311-ASA1, s. 10 15Section 10. 29.563 (6) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB311-ASA1,6,1816 29.563 (6) Approvals for trapping, fur dealers and taxidermists. (intro.) The
17Except as provided in sub. (6m), the fees for trapping, fur dealer, taxidermist and
18related approvals are as follows:
AB311-ASA1, s. 11 19Section 11. 29.563 (6) (a) 1m. of the statutes is created to read:
AB311-ASA1,6,2120 29.563 (6) (a) 1m. Trapping issued to persons who are under 16 years of age:
21$9.25.
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