Legislative Session 2011

updated March 12, 2012 02:00 PM

 

New Laws passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor

House Concurrent Resolution 1011 by Rep. Blackwell. Would direct the Secretary of the Environment and ODWC to identify research needs, develop a conservation plan for Lesser Prairie Chickens and encourage responsible development. Introduced to the House. Signed by the House. Adopted by the Senate. Files with the Secretary of State.

House Bill 1249 by Rep. Rousselot and Hickman and Sen. David. Prohibiting persons from entering land owned by another for the sole purpose of retrieving domestic livestock or other animals. Bill would be effective Nov. 1, 2011.  Signed by the Governor.

House Bill 1338 by Reps. Renegar and Lockhart and Sen. Lerblance. Modifying apprentice designated licensing options to allow persons 8 to 30 years of age to purchase apprentice designated licenses. Adjusting the age at which hunter education certification is no longer required from 35 to 30. Adjusting the age requirement for persons to accompany apprentice license holders from 21 to 18 years of age. The bill would be effective August 26, 2011. Signed by the Governor.

House Bill 1339 by Rep. Renegar and Sen. Lerblance. Requiring hunting and fishing licenses be issued via an electronic point of sale system beginning no later than Jan. 1, 2013. Repealing current license dealer bond requirements after Jan. 1, 2013. Signed by the Governor.

House Bill 1347 by Rep. Newell and Sen Coates. Providing for bail procedures for fish and wildlife violations and specifying that persons failing to appear for fish and wildlife citations shall have their hunting and fishing privileges suspended until they do so. The bill would be effective August 26, 2011.   Signed by the Governor.

House Bill 1348 by Rep. Newell. Providing that taxidermy specimens of native wildlife may be sold at an estate sale only if the specimen is part of the personal property of the estate and with written permission from the Wildlife Department director. Taxidermy of migratory birds is excluded and the provisions do not apply to farmed cervidae. Bill effective immediately. Signed by the Governor.

House Bill 1473 by Rep. Armes and Roberts (Dustin) and Sen. Fields. Removing the double-fencing requirement for export of farmed cervidae. Bill is effective Nov. 1, 2011. Passed by the full House 97-0. Title struck and amended and passed by the Senate 42-0. Title restored and conference committee submitted.  Signed by the Governor.

House Bill 1474 by Rep. Armes and Sen. Fields. Increasing the maximum fine for trespass on a commercial hunting area or farmed cervidae facility to $1,500 for a first offense. The bill would be effective Nov. 1, 2011. Signed by the Governor.

Senate Bill 494 by Sens. Barrington and Sparks and Rep. McNiel. Creates the "Oklahoma Private Lands and Public Recreation Act." Prohibits recreational trespass; provides that any local, county or state law enforcement officer may issue trespass citation to person violating provisions of the act;  provides that any governmental entity which has issued a hunting, fishing or other license for recreational activity may revoke the license and deny permission to reapply for a replacement for up to one year from the date of the violation. August 26, 2011. Signed by the Governor.

Senate Bill 603 by Sen. Schultz and Rep. Blackwell. Creates the Endangered Species and Economic Development Task Force to assist agencies in providing policy and technical assistance regarding compliance with endangered species laws. The bill specifies the makeup of the task force and requires that the task force provide reports on innovative programs to address endangered species issues while promoting economic growth. The bill is effective immediately. Signed by the Governor.

Senate Bill 828 by Sen. Sparks and Rep. Armes. Adds surface lessees and hunting lessees to persons who may file against someone for trespass. Increases the fine to not less than $500 nor more than $1,500 for a first offense and not less than $1,500 nor more than $2,500 for second and subsequent offenses. It also specifies that anyone shooting from or across a public road, highway or railroad right-of-way onto a big game commercial hunting area shall face a fine of not less than $2,500 nor more $10,000. Bill would be effective Nov. 1, 2011. Signed by the Governor.

 

Bills that died during the 2011 Legislative Session