Enrolled House Bill (H)

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Various natural resources matters. Removes from the natural resources commission duties to administer parts of the flood control program and the flood control revolving fund. (Current law provides that the Indiana finance authority (authority) administer the program and fund.) Provides that an application to have land classified as native forest land, a forest plantation, or wildlands must be handled by the county assessor. (Current law requires the county auditor to handle the applications.) Provides that a person who operates certain boats that do not have an aft light commits a Class C infraction. Prohibits the use of unmanned aerial vehicles Various natural resources matters. Removes from the natural resources commission duties to administer parts of the flood control program and the flood control revolving fund. (Current law provides that the Indiana finance authority (authority) administer the program and fund.) Provides that an application to have land classified as native forest land, a forest plantation, or wildlands must be handled by the county assessor. (Current law requires the county auditor to handle the applications.) Provides that a person who operates certain boats that do not have an aft light commits a Class C infraction. Prohibits the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to scout game during the period beginning 14 days before the beginning of the hunting season and ending upon the expiration of legal hunting hours on the last day of the hunting season. Changes the name of the public information and education division of the department of natural resources (DNR) to the communications division. Specifies the type of flotation device that a person on a boat or personal watercraft must have. Amends the list of law enforcement offices that may be notified of a boating accident. Provides that the violation of certain boating rules is a Class C infraction. Allows the operator of a nonregistered off-road vehicle or a snowmobile from another state or country to purchase a trail use tag to operate on designated trails and properties. Allows the director of DNR to authorize the taking of wild animals on historic site property if certain conditions are met. Removes DNR's authority to issue commemorative migratory waterfowl and game bird habitat restoration stamps. Allows the manager of a public use airport, or the manager's designee, to trap coyotes and migratory birds without a license if the coyotes or birds pose a threat to aircraft. Repeals the dog training ground permit statute. Removes a provision concerning the application of hunter orange requirements during certain hunting seasons. Provides that a ginseng dealer who purchases or sells ginseng for resale or exportation without a license commits a Class B misdemeanor. Amends certain lien procedures on complete projects to restore or prevent adverse effects of past coal mining practices on privately owned land. Adds conservancy districts and certain wastewater treatment systems to the participants that may qualify for loans or other financial assistance. Removes the total loan limit, loan period, and fixed interest rate to a participant. Allows the authority to establish interest rates for each loan. Increases the registration fees for timber buyers and agents of timber buyers. Repeals a provision concerning the transition of rulemaking authority from the natural resources commission to the Indiana finance authority with respect to the administration of the flood control revolving fund. ... View more