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Volume 40 - Issue 17 - April 29, 2021

(Published in the Kansas Register April 29, 2021.)

Senate Bill No. 142

An Act concerning wildlife, parks and recreation; updating the reference to the guidelines of the American fisheries society; requiring personal flotation devices as prescribed by the secretary of wildlife, parks and tourism in rules and regulations; amending K.S.A. 32-1129 and K.S.A. 2020 Supp. 32-1005 and repealing the existing sections.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

Section 1. K.S.A. 2020 Supp. 32-1005 is hereby amended to read as follows: 32-1005. (a) Commercialization of wildlife is knowingly committing any of the following, except as permitted by statute or rules and regulations:

(1) Capturing, killing or possessing, for profit or commercial purposes, all or any part of any wildlife protected by this section;

(2) selling, bartering, purchasing or offering to sell, barter or purchase, for profit or commercial purposes, all or any part of any wildlife protected by this section;

(3) shipping, exporting, importing, transporting or carrying; causing to be shipped, exported, imported, transported or carried; or delivering or receiving for shipping, exporting, importing, transporting or carrying all or any part of any wildlife protected by this section, for profit or commercial purposes; or

(4) purchasing, for personal use or consumption, all or any part of any wildlife protected by this section.

(b) The wildlife protected by this section and the minimum value thereof are as follows:

(1) Eagles, $1,000;

(2) deer or antelope, $1,000;

(3) elk or buffalo, $1,500;

(4) furbearing animals, except bobcats, $25;

(5) bobcats, $200;

(6) wild turkey, $200;

(7) owls, hawks, falcons, kites, harriers or ospreys, $500;

(8) game birds, migratory game birds, resident and migratory nongame birds, game animals and nongame animals, $50 unless a higher amount is specified above;

(9) fish and mussels, the value for which shall be no less than the value listed for the appropriate fish or mussels species in the monetary values of freshwater fish or mussels and fish kill counting guidelines of the American fisheries society, special publication number 30 35;

(10) turtles, $25 each for unprocessed turtles or $16 per pound or fraction of a pound for processed turtle parts;

(11) bullfrogs, $4, whether dressed or not dressed;

(12) any wildlife classified as threatened or endangered, $500 unless a higher amount is specified above; and

(13) any other wildlife not listed above, $25.

(c) Possession of wildlife, in whole or in part, captured or killed in violation of law and having an aggregate value of $1,000 or more, as specified in subsection (b), is prima facie evidence of possession for profit or commercial purposes.

(d) Commercialization of wildlife having an aggregate value of $1,000 or more, as specified in subsection (b), is a severity level 10, nonperson felony. Commercialization of wildlife having an aggregate value of less than $1,000, as specified in subsection (b), is a class A nonperson misdemeanor.

(e) In addition to any other penalty provided by law, a court convicting a person of the crime of commercialization of wildlife may:

(1) Confiscate all equipment used in the commission of the crime and may revoke for a period of up to 20 years all licenses and permits issued to the convicted person by the Kansas department of wildlife, parks and tourism; and

(2) order restitution to be paid to the Kansas department of wildlife, parks and tourism for the wildlife taken, which. Such restitution shall be in an amount not less than the aggregate value of the wildlife, as specified in subsection (b).

(f) The provisions of this section shall apply only to wildlife illegally harvested and possessed by any person having actual knowledge that such wildlife was illegally harvested.

Sec. 2. K.S.A. 32-1129 is hereby amended to read as follows: 32-1129. (a) The operator of every vessel shall require every (1) No operator of any vessel may operate such vessel while any person 12 years of age or under to wear is aboard or being towed by such vessel unless such person is either:

(A) Wearing a United States coast Guard approved type I, type II or type III guard-approved personal flotation device as prescribed in rules and regulations of the secretary of wildlife, parks and tourismwhile aboard or being towed by such vessel; or

(B) is below decks or in an enclosed cabin.

(2) A life belt or ring shall not satisfy the requirement of this section.

(b) Violation of subsection (a) shall constitute a class C misdemeanor.

Sec. 3. K.S.A. 32-1129 and K.S.A. 2020 Supp. 32-1005 are hereby repealed.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the Kansas register.

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