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  H.B. No. 1806
 
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to fishing tournament fraud; providing penalties.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 66.119, Parks and Wildlife Code, is
  transferred to Subchapter A, Chapter 66, Parks and Wildlife Code,
  redesignated as Section 66.023, Parks and Wildlife Code, and
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 66.023  [66.119].  FRAUD IN [FRESHWATER] FISHING
  TOURNAMENTS. (a) In this section, "fishing tournament" means a
  contest in which a prize is to be awarded to one or more
  participants in the contest based on the weight, length, number, or
  type of [freshwater] fish caught by the participants or based on any
  other criteria applicable to the fish caught.
         (b)  A person commits an offense if, with intent to affect
  the outcome of a fishing tournament:
               (1)  the person provides, offers to provide, sells, or
  offers to sell a fish to a participant in the tournament for the
  purpose of representing that the fish was caught by the participant
  in the course of the tournament;
               (2)  the person, as a participant in the tournament,
  accepts or agrees to accept a fish from another person for the
  purpose of representing that the fish was caught by the participant
  in the course of the tournament; [or]
               (3)  the person, as a participant in the tournament,
  represents that a fish was caught by the person in the course of the
  tournament when in fact the fish was not caught by that person or
  the fish was not caught in the course of that tournament;
               (4)  the person alters the length or weight of a fish
  for the purpose of representing that the fish as entered in the
  tournament was that length or weight when caught; or
               (5)  the person enters a fish in the tournament that was
  taken in violation of any provision of this code or a proclamation
  or regulation of the commission adopted under this code.
         (c)  A person commits an offense if the person sponsors or
  conducts a fishing tournament and knows of the occurrence in the
  tournament of activity prohibited by Subsection (b) of this section
  and does not immediately notify a law enforcement officer
  commissioned by the director of its occurrence.
         (d)  An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor,
  except that if the offense occurred during a tournament in which any
  prize or combination of prizes to be awarded for any one category
  for which an award is given, whether the prize or prizes are to an
  individual or a team, is worth $10,000 or more in money or goods,
  the offense is a felony of the third degree.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.  
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  covered by the law in effect when the offense was committed, and the
  former law is continued in effect for that purpose.  For purposes of
  this section, an offense was committed before the effective date of
  this Act if any element of the offense was committed before that
  date.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1806 was passed by the House on April
  18, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 4, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1806 was passed by the Senate on May
  9, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 1.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor