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  • NCBA offers Bill to create a 'Poacher Reward Fund (HB 936)

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    NCBA offers Bill to create a 'Poacher Reward Fund (HB 936)

    This bill, proposed by NCBA, places the burden of supporting the 'Poacher Reward Fund' directly on the people who should be paying for it ... that being those who make the conscious and deliberate decision to flaunt our wildlife laws and abuse our precious wildlife resources without any show of concern or remorse for their actions. Justice will be best served by placing the burden to fund the reward program directly on these people who have no respect for the law or for our wildlife resources. That is what this bill does, and it gives the NCWRC the authority and monetary resources to run it. We (NCBA) intend to make an annual donation to the fund, and we think other wildlife and conservation organizations, companies, industries and individuals will do the same. We hope this fund will draw more attention to those who give legitimate hunters a bad name and help make them pay the price for their actions.
    PLEASE contact your state Representatives and Senators and ask them to support House Bill 936, which establishes the 'Poacher Reward Fund'. Do it today.. Tomorrow may be too late! You can see and read the bill on the N.C. General Assembly website or on the NCBA Facebook page by downloading the H-936 link
    GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA SESSION 2013 H D HOUSE DRH80295-LLf-153A (03/28) Short Title: Wildlife Poacher Reward Fund. (Public) Sponsors: Representatives Wray, Faircloth, Moffitt, and J. Bell (Primary Sponsors). Referred to:

    *DRH80295-LLf-153A*

    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1
    AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A WILDLIFE POACHER REWARD FUND TO PAY REWARDS 2 TO PERSONS WHO GIVE INFORMATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT 3 AUTHORITIES THAT RESULTS IN THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF PERSONS 4 WHO COMMIT SERIOUS WILDLIFE VIOLATIONS AND TO AUTHORIZE THE USE 5 OF COMPENSATION PAID TO THE WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION AS 6 CONDITIONS OF OFFENDERS' PROBATION AS ASSETS OF THE FUND. 7
    The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: 8
    SECTION 1. Article 22 of Chapter 113 of the General Statutes is amended by 9 adding a new section to read: 10
    '§ 113-294.1. Wildlife Poacher Reward Fund. 11
    (a) There is established in the Office of the State Treasurer the Wildlife Poacher 12 Reward Fund. Monies in the Fund shall be used to pay rewards to persons who provide 13 information to the Wildlife Resources Commission or to law enforcement authorities that 14 results in the arrest and conviction of persons who have committed criminal offenses involving 15 the taking, injury, removal, damage, or destruction of wildlife resources. The Wildlife 16 Resources Commission shall establish rules for the administration of the Fund for these 17 purposes. 18
    (b) The assets of the Wildlife Poacher Reward Fund shall be derived from the 19 following: 20
    (1) A percentage of the compensation paid annually to the Commission as 21 special conditions of offenders' probation in criminal cases involving the 22 taking, injury, removal, damage, or destruction of wildlife pursuant to 23 G.S. 15A-1343(b1)(5), to be set by the Commission at not less than ten 24 percent (10%) of those amounts paid as replacement costs and investigative 25 costs. 26
    (2) All amounts paid to the Commission under G.S. 15A-1343(b1)(5) as 27 compensation for rewards paid from the Fund. 28
    (3) The proceeds of any gifts, grants, and contributions to the State which are 29 specifically designated for inclusion in the Fund. 30
    (4) Any other sources specified by law.' 31
    SECTION 2. G.S. 15A-1343(b1) reads as rewritten: 32
    '(b1) Special Conditions. – In addition to the regular conditions of probation specified in 33 subsection (b), the court may, as a condition of probation, require that during the probation the 34 defendant comply with one or more of the following special conditions: 35
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