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TPWD News Release — June 27, 2005

Recent Legislation Affects Texas Wildlife, Parks

AUSTIN, Texas — New limited-entry management programs for the Texas oyster and Gulf of Mexico shrimp fisheries, changes in game bird stamps hunters are required to buy, creation of an all-terrain vehicle trail program and new or clarified enforcement powers for game wardens are among the outcomes of bills passed by the 79th Texas Legislature.

The deadline for Gov. Rick Perry to sign or veto bills was June 19, and a number of bills that became law affect the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, its constituents and the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Below are descriptions of selected bills.

The descriptions below do not constitute legal definitions and are solely intended to provide brief summaries of new legislation. For general information on most new laws that affect hunting and fishing this fall, see the Texas Outdoor Annual booklet, available free in early August wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

Unless otherwise noted below, all new laws take effect Sept. 1.

The full text of all bills is available on the Texas Legislature Online Web site.

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