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House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Department of natural resources. Revises the definition of "recreational trail" to specify that the term refers to trails or paths funded through the recreational trails program. Specifies that the state may acquire a railroad's interest in a corridor for use as a trail (rather than as a recreational trail as provided by current law). Specifies that the state may consider a corridor's suitability for use as a trail (rather than as a recreational trail as provided by current law) when considering whether to acquire a railroad's interest in a corridor. Specifies that a railroad's interest in a corridor acquired for Department of natural resources. Revises the definition of "recreational trail" to specify that the term refers to trails or paths funded through the recreational trails program. Specifies that the state may acquire a railroad's interest in a corridor for use as a trail (rather than as a recreational trail as provided by current law). Specifies that the state may consider a corridor's suitability for use as a trail (rather than as a recreational trail as provided by current law) when considering whether to acquire a railroad's interest in a corridor. Specifies that a railroad's interest in a corridor acquired for a recreational purpose may be developed and operated under the recreational trails program. (Current law requires such acquisitions to be developed and operated under the program.) Modifies the definitions of "all-terrain vehicle" and "recreational off-highway vehicle". Makes it a class C infraction to violate a rule adopted by the natural resources commission or an emergency rule adopted by the department of natural resources, unless otherwise specified under state law. Allows the owner of a boat that carries passengers upon public water for hire to elect to have an underwater survey (survey) conducted instead of the required dry dock inspection. Requires that the boat be inspected in a dry dock once every 120 months. Requires the owner of the boat to hire and pay for the survey. Requires the survey to be conducted by an inspector from a certified organization that is approved by the natural resources commission. Requires that the certificate of inspection and registration certify the method of the boat's inspection and the name of the person and organization that performed the inspection. Changes acts that are prohibited while operating a motorboat. Removes the sunset provision regarding the use of certain rifles while hunting. Removes an exception for legal minnow seines and dip nets from the prohibition on using various fishing techniques near a dam. Authorizes the natural resources commission to authorize exceptions for the use of otherwise prohibited techniques by rule. Makes various changes to the procedures for revoking or denying a license or permit under the wildlife violator compact. Provides that a court having jurisdiction of an offense committed in violation of an Indiana law for the protection of wildlife may revoke the license of the offender for a minimum of one year. (Current law allows revocations for a period of 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, or one year.) Makes a local planning and zoning statute concerning the alienation of mineral resources and forests outside urban areas applicable to all counties. ... View more