HBA-NIK H.B. 1947 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1947 By: Staples State Recreational Resources 4/9/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law provides, in effect, that no person may take, sell, purchase, or possess a fur-bearing animal, pelt, or carcass in this state, unless the person has a hunting or trapping license from the Parks and Wildlife Commission. However, the Parks and Wildlife Code explicitly does not prohibit a landowner or his agent from taking a fur-bearing animal causing depredation on that person's land. The meaning of "taking" may be unclear in this context, and for that reason the scope and applicability of this exemption may not be clear either. H.B. 1947 clarifies that a landowner or the landowner's agent does not need to have a hunting or trapping license if the fur-bearing animal is causing depredation on the landowner's land. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 71.004(a), Parks and Wildlife Code, as follows: (a) Authorizes a landowner or the landowner's agent to take a fur-bearing animal that is causing depredation on the landowner's land without having a hunting or trapper's license issued under this code. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.