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  S.B. No. 1669
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to revenue generated from and uses of public hunting lands
  and wildlife management areas.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 81.401, Parks and Wildlife Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 81.401.  ACQUISITION AND MANAGEMENT OF AREAS.  (a)  The
  department may acquire by donation, purchase, lease, or otherwise,
  and develop, maintain, and operate, wildlife management areas and
  public hunting lands.
         (b)  The department [and] may manage, along sound biological
  lines, wildlife and fish found on any land the department has or may
  acquire as a wildlife management area.
         (c)  The department may use money from the game, fish, and
  water safety account to accomplish the purposes of this section.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter E, Chapter 81, Parks and Wildlife
  Code, is amended by adding Sections 81.4011 and 81.4012 to read as
  follows:
         Sec. 81.4011.  DEFINITION.  In this subchapter, "public
  hunting land" means land:
               (1)  owned, leased, or managed by the department,
  including a wildlife management area; and
               (2)  designated by the director as public hunting land.
         Sec. 81.4012.  APPLICABILITY TO STATE PARK LAND.  This
  subchapter applies to a state park only:
               (1)  on public hunting land in the park; and
               (2)  on specific dates designated by the department for
  public hunting activities.
         SECTION 3.  The heading to Section 81.403, Parks and
  Wildlife Code, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 81.403.  PERMITS; FEES.
         SECTION 4.  Section 81.403, Parks and Wildlife Code, is
  amended by amending Subsections (a) and (c) and adding Subsection
  (a-1) to read as follows:
         (a)  The department may issue a permit authorizing access to
  public hunting land or for specific hunting, fishing, recreational,
  or other use of public hunting land or a wildlife management area.
  The commission by rule shall prescribe the conditions for the
  issuance and use of a permit under this section.
         (a-1)  Except as provided by this section [in Subsections (b)
  and (e)], permits for hunting of wildlife or for any other use in
  wildlife management areas or public hunting lands shall be issued
  by the department to applicants by means of a fair method of
  distribution subject to limitations on the maximum number of
  permits to be issued.
         (c)  The department shall charge a permit fee in the amount
  set by the commission by rule.  Revenue from permit fees for access
  to state parks must be deposited to the credit of the state parks
  account.  Revenue from other permit fees under this section must be
  deposited to the game, fish, and water safety account.
         SECTION 5.  Sections 62.064 and 62.065, Parks and Wildlife
  Code, are repealed.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1669 passed the Senate on
  April 26, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1669 passed the House on
  May 23, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor