Presenter: David Sinclair

Commission Agenda Item No. 9
Action
Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact Proclamation
November 5, 2009

I. Executive Summary: This item seeks adoption of new rules that would make Texas a member state of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC).

II. Discussion: House Bill 3391, enacted by the 81st Texas Legislature (2009), authorizes the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to join the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact and take all actions necessary to implement new Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 92, including the adoption of rules and the delegation of authority to the executive director.

The IWVC is a multi-state compact that allows states to share information about wildlife violators and to deny licensure to persons who have failed to comply with conservation law in member states. For example, if a person has had his or her hunting, fishing or trapping privileges suspended in one member state, the suspension is recognized by all of the member states. There are currently 31 states in the compact.

Staff received permission at the August 2009 meeting of the Regulations Committee to publish the new rule in the Texas Register for public comment. The proposed new rule was published in the October 2, 2009, issue of the Texas Register (34 TexReg 6831). Staff will provide a summary of public comment at the time of the meeting.

III. Recommendation: Staff recommends that the commission adopt the proposed motion:

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopts new §55.675, concerning the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission joining the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, with changes as necessary to the proposed text as published in the October 2, 2009, issue of the Texas Register (34 TexReg 6831)."

Attachments - 1

  1. Exhibit A - Proposed Rule

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