2004 Regular Session
To: Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
By: Senator(s) Browning, Kirby, Harvey, Dearing, Gollott, King, Burton, Pickering, Williamson, Mettetal, Carmichael, Albritton, Dawkins, Hewes, Michel, Brown, Doxey, Lee (35th), Little, Clarke, Walley, Flowers, Ross, Moffatt, Nunnelee, Morgan, Jackson (15th), White, Chaney, Wilemon, Hyde-Smith, Turner
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 49-7-148, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, FISHERIES AND PARKS TO ALLOW HANDICAPPED HUNTERS TO USE ATV'S IN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS DURING HUNTING SEASON FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 49-7-148, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
49-7-148. The department * * * may provide handicapped hunters reasonable access to hunting areas in public wildlife management areas under its jurisdiction. The commission * * * shall promulgate rules and regulations for reasonable access and include a definition of "handicapped hunters" as used in this section. The department may allow such hunters to use all-terrain vehicles in wildlife management areas during hunting season. If the commission allows the use of all-terrain vehicles, the department shall issue a special permit to use all-terrain vehicles and the person must have the permit in possession when operating such vehicle in a wildlife management area.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2004.