The act creates the nontoxic bullet pilot program (pilot program), which allows individuals who meet the qualifications to receive vouchers that offset the cost of purchasing hunting rounds that have nonlead bullets. The pilot program will focus on areas where the exposure of wildlife populations to spent lead bullets is of special or potential concern. The division of parks and wildlife (division) will work with one or more willing nongovernmental entities to determine the scope and collect the results of the pilot program. The division may work with nongovernmental entities to develop educational materials and range demonstrations relating to the pilot program.
The division is directed to designate an entity to:
- Educate hunters about the benefits of nontoxic bullets; and
- Publicize the pilot program, including using hunting brochures and the division's website.
The commission may promulgate rules as necessary to implement the pilot program. The pilot program is repealed, effective July 1, 2026.
For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, $31,200 is appropriated to the department of natural resources from the wildlife cash fund to implement this act.
APPROVED by Governor May 19, 2023
EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023
NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)