Hunter Education

Amends exemptions to hunter education requirements.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that game hunting in
 2 Hawaii is not only a popular sport but is good for the economy as
 3 well.  Local and visiting hunters occupy hotels, patronize
 4 restaurants, and like other tourists, spend their money in
 5 stores, shops, and other retail outlets.
 6      An impediment to the growth of this sport industry, is the
 7 education requirement placed on hunters.  While the requirement
 8 is basically sound and a good policy that is in the public's
 9 interest, changes are needed to enhance the industry for visiting
10 hunters.  The purpose of this Act is to clarify the hunting
11 education requirement to improve the game hunting industry for
12 visiting hunters without sacrificing the safety and welfare of
13 other hunters and the general public.
14      SECTION 2.  Section 183D-22, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
15 amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
16      "(b)  A person who meets the minimum age requirements
17 adopted pursuant to subsection (c) shall be exempt from the
18 requirements of subsection (a) if the person:
19      (1)  Was born before January 1, 1972, and at one time

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 1           possessed a hunting license issued by the State;
 2           provided that the person shows satisfactory proof to
 3           the department that the person had possessed the
 4           hunting license; [or]
 5      (2)  Has successfully completed a course or program of
 6           hunter education and safety which is approved by the
 7           Hunter Education Association and meets the requirements
 8           of chapter 12 of the United States Fish and Wildlife
 9           Service Federal Aid Manual, as revised; provided that
10           the person shows satisfactory proof to the department
11           in the form of a certificate, wallet card, or other
12           document issued by a state or province agency
13           evidencing successful completion of the course or
14           program[.];
15      (3)  Is hunting on privately owned land;
16      (4)  Is hunting with a guide approved by the forestry and
17           wildlife division of the department of land and natural
18           resources; or
19      (5)  Possesses a valid hunting license issued by another
20           state, province or country.
21 Upon application and satisfaction of the requirements of either
22 paragraphs (1) or (2), the department shall issue a written
23 exemption which shall be valid for the life of the person."

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 1      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 2 New statutory material is underscored.
 3      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
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