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California
FGC Sec 710-714

FISH AND GAME CODE
SECTION 710-714




710. The Legislature finds and declares that the department has in
the past not been properly funded. The principal cause has been the
fixed nature of the department's revenues in contrast to rising costs
resulting from inflation. This lack of funding has prevented proper
planning and manpower allocation. The lack of funding has required
the department to restrict warden enforcement and to defer essential
repairs to fish hatcheries and other facilities. The lack of secure
funding for fish and wildlife activities other than sport and
commercial fishing and hunting activities has resulted in inadequate
nongame fish and wildlife protection programs.



710.5. The Legislature finds and declares that the department
continues to not be properly funded. While revenues have been
declining, the department's responsibilities have been expanding into
numerous new areas. The existing limitations on the expenditure of
department revenues have resulted in its inability to effectively
provide all of the programs and activities required under this code
and to manage the wildlife resources held in trust by the department
for the people of the state.
The Legislature further finds and declares that the department has
been largely supported by fees paid by those who utilize the
resources held in trust by the department. It is the intent of the
Legislature that, to the extent feasible, the department should
continue to be funded by user fees. However, user fees should more
accurately reflect all costs of the department associated with these
resources. All fees collected by the department, including, but not
limited to, recreational hunting and fishing licenses, commercial
permits and entitlements, and other fees for use of the resources
regulated or managed by the department, are user fees. To the extent
that these fees are appropriated through the Budget Act for the
purposes for which they are collected to provide services to the
people of the State of California, these user fees are not subject to
Article XIIIB of the California Constitution.



710.7. (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(1) The department continues to face serious funding instability
due to revenue declines from traditional user fees and taxes and the
addition of new program responsibilities.
(2) Historically, the commercial fishing industry has funded much
of the department's marine fisheries activities.
(3) As the state's population grows and land uses change through
urban development, fish and wildlife resources continue to be
depleted, necessitating a significant portion of the department's
activities to be directed toward protecting fish and wildlife
resources for the benefit of the general public.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to extend the current
user-based funding system by allocating a portion of the marine
resource protection costs to those who use and benefit from wise
management of the marine fishery resources.
(c) It is the Legislature's intent that, notwithstanding Section
711, the department shall cooperate with the Legislature and the
commercial fishing industry to identify and propose new alternative
sources of revenue to fund the department's necessary marine resource
management and protection responsibilities.



711. It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure adequate funding
from appropriate sources for the department. To this end, the
Legislature finds and declares that:
(a) The costs of nongame fish and wildlife programs and free
hunting and fishing license programs shall be provided annually in
the Budget Act by appropriating money from the General Fund and
sources other than the Fish and Game Preservation Fund to the
department for these purposes.
(b) The costs of commercial fishing programs shall be provided out
of revenues from commercial fishing taxes, license fees, and other
revenues, from reimbursements and federal funds received for
commercial fishing programs, and other funds appropriated by the
Legislature for this purpose.
(c) The costs of hunting and sportfishing programs shall be
provided out of hunting and sportfishing revenues and reimbursements
and federal funds received for hunting and sportfishing programs, and
other funds appropriated by the Legislature for this purpose. These
revenues, reimbursements, and federal funds shall not be used to
support commercial fishing programs, free hunting and fishing license
programs, or nongame fish and wildlife programs.
(d) The costs of managing lands managed by the department and the
costs of wildlife management programs shall be supplemented out of
revenues in the Native Species Conservation and Enhancement Account
in the Fish and Game Preservation Fund.
(e) The department shall conduct, or contract for, a review, at
least every five years, of its programs to ensure consistency with
this section.
(f) Hunting, sportfishing, and sport ocean fishing license fees
shall be adjusted annually to an amount equal to that computed
pursuant to Section 713. However, a substantial increase in the
aggregate of hunting and sportfishing programs shall be reflected by
appropriate amendments to the sections of this code that establish
the base sport license fee levels. The inflationary index provided
in Section 713 may not be used to accommodate a substantial increase
in the aggregate of hunting and sportfishing programs.
For purposes of this article, "substantial increase" means an
increase in excess of 5 percent of the Fish and Game Preservation
Fund portion of the department's current year support budget,
excluding cost-of-living increases provided for salaries, staff
benefits, and operating expenses.



711.2. (a) For purposes of this article, unless the context
otherwise requires, "wildlife" means and includes all wild animals,
birds, plants, fish, amphibians, and related ecological communities,
including the habitat upon which the wildlife depends for its
continued viability and "project" has the same meaning as defined in
Section 21065 of the Public Resources Code.
(b) For purposes of this article, "person" includes any
individual, firm, association, organization, partnership, business,
trust, corporation, limited liability company, company, district,
county, city and county, city, town, the state, and any of the
agencies of those entities.



711.4. (a) The department shall impose and collect a filing fee in
the amount prescribed in subdivision (d) to defray the costs of
managing and protecting fish and wildlife trust resources, including,
but not limited to, consulting with other public agencies, reviewing
environmental documents, recommending mitigation measures,
developing monitoring requirements for purposes of the California
Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section
21000) of the Public Resources Code), consulting pursuant to Section
21104.2 of the Public Resources Code, and other activities protecting
those trust resources identified in the review pursuant to the
California Environmental Quality Act.
(b) The filing fees shall be proportional to the cost incurred by
the department and shall be annually reviewed and adjustments
recommended to the Legislature in an amount necessary to pay the full
costs of department programs as specified.
(c) (1) All project applicants and public agencies subject to the
California Environmental Quality Act shall pay a filing fee for each
proposed project.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), no filing fee shall be paid
pursuant to this section if the lead or certified regulatory program
agency finds that the project is either of the following:
(A) Categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality
Act.
(B) De minimis in its effect on fish and wildlife.
(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), no filing fee shall be paid
pursuant to this section if all the following conditions exist:
(A) The project is being undertaken by the department.
(B) The project costs are payable from any of the following
sources:
(i) The Public Resources Account in the Cigarette and Tobacco
Products Surtax Fund.
(ii) The California Wildlife, Coastal, and Park Land Conservation
Fund of 1988.
(iii) The Habitat Conservation Fund.
(iv) The Fisheries Restoration Account in the Fish and Game
Preservation Fund.
(v) The Commercial Salmon Stamp Account in the Fish and Game
Preservation Fund.
(vi) Striped bass stamp funds collected pursuant to Section 7360.

(C) The project is implemented through a contract with either a
nonprofit entity or a local government agency. The filing fee shall
be paid at the time and in the amount specified in subdivision (d).
Notwithstanding Sections 21080.5 and 21081 of the Public Resources
Code, no project shall be operative, vested, or final until the
filing fees required pursuant to this section are paid.
(d) The fees shall be in the following amounts:
(1) For a project which is found by the lead or certified
regulatory agency to be de minimis in its effect on fish and
wildlife, no filing fee shall be paid, whether or not a negative
declaration or an environmental impact report is prepared pursuant to
the California Environmental Quality Act.
(2) For a project which is statutorily or categorically exempt
from the California Environmental Quality Act, including those
certified regulatory programs which incorporate statutory and
categorical exemptions, no filing fee shall be paid.
(3) For a project for which a negative declaration is prepared
pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 21080 of the Public Resources
Code, the filing fee is one thousand two hundred fifty dollars
($1,250). The filing fee shall be paid to the county clerk at the
time of filing a notice of determination pursuant to Section 21152 of
that code or to the Office of Planning and Research at the time of
filing a notice of determination pursuant to Section 21108 of that
code, as appropriate.
(4) For a project with an environmental impact report prepared
pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the filing fee
is eight hundred fifty dollars ($850). The filing fee shall be paid
to the county clerk at the time of filing a notice of determination
pursuant to Section 21152 of the Public Resources Code or to the
Office of Planning and Research at the time of filing a notice of
determination pursuant to Section 21108 of that code.
(5) For a project which is subject to a certified regulatory
program pursuant to Section 21080.5 of the Public Resources Code, the
filing fee is eight hundred fifty dollars ($850). The filing fee
shall be paid to the Secretary of the Resources Agency upon filing of
the notice of determination pursuant to Section 21080.5 of that
code. If the filing fee is to be paid by the state lead agency, the
payment shall be made pursuant to a memorandum of understanding with
the department.
(e) The county clerk may charge a documentary handling fee of
twenty-five dollars ($25) per filing in addition to the filing fee
specified in subdivision (d).
(1) The county clerk of each county and the Office of Planning and
Research shall maintain a record of all environmental documents
received. The record shall include, for each environmental document
received, the name of each applicant or lead agency, the document
filing number, and the filing date. The record shall be made
available for examination or audit by authorized personnel of the
department during normal business hours.
(2) The filing fee imposed and collected pursuant to subdivision
(d) shall be remitted monthly to the department within 30 days after
the end of each month. The amount of fees due shall be reported on
forms prescribed and provided by the department.
(3) The department shall assess a penalty of 10 percent of the
amount of fees due for any failure to remit the amount payable when
due. The department may pursue collection of delinquent fees through
the Controller's office pursuant to Section 12419.5 of the
Government Code.
(f) Notwithstanding Section 12000, failure to pay the fee under
subdivision (d) is not a misdemeanor. All unpaid fees are a
statutory assessment subject to collection under procedures as
provided in the Revenue and Taxation Code.
(g) Only one filing fee shall be paid for each project unless the
project is tiered or phased, and separate environmental documents or
review by the department is required.
(h) This section does not preclude or modify the duty of the
department to recommend, require, permit, or engage in mitigation
activities pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
(i) The permit process of the California Coastal Commission, as
certified by the Secretary of the Resources Agency, is exempt from
the payment of the filing fees prescribed by paragraph (5) of
subdivision (d) insofar as the permits are issued under any of the
following regulations:
(1) Subchapter 4 (commencing with Section 13136) of Chapter 5 of
Division 5.5 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations.
(2) Subchapter 1 (commencing with Section 13200), Subchapter 3
(commencing with Section 13213), Subchapter 3.5 (commencing with
Section 13214), Subchapter 4 (commencing with Section 13215),
Subchapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 13238), Subchapter 5
(commencing with Section 13240), Subchapter 6 (commencing with
Section 13250), and Subchapter 8 (commencing with Section 13255) of
Chapter 6 of Division 5.5 of Title 14 of the California Code of
Regulations.



711.7. (a) The fish and wildlife resources are held in trust for
the people of the state by and through the department.
(1) Insofar as state wildlife trust resources exist and depend
upon federal proprietary lands or federal land and water adjacent to
or affecting state trust resources, all persons engaging in projects
or activities under federal license, contract, or permit, to the
extent permitted by federal law, shall be governed by this article
and shall pay project filing fees unless the payment of state filing
and permit fees is explicitly preempted by the authority of the
federal agency permitting the use or modification of state trust
resources.
(2) Insofar as state wildlife trust resources exist and depend
upon federal proprietary lands or federal lands and waters adjacent
to or affecting state trust resources, all federal agencies acting in
their proprietary capacity, to the extent permitted by federal law,
shall be governed by this article and Sections 10005 and 21089 of the
Public Resources Code, unless the payment of state filing and permit
fees is explicitly preempted by the authority of a particular
federal agency.
(b) If a court of competent jurisdiction finds that any provision
of this section or the application thereof to any federal agency,
person, or circumstances is held invalid, that invalidity shall not
affect other provisions or applications of the section which can be
given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to
this end the provisions of this section are severable.



712. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of
Finance shall include in the Governor's Budget sufficient moneys from
the General Fund and sources other than the Fish and Game
Preservation Fund to pay the costs of the department's nongame
programs, including those necessary for the protection and
enhancement of California's nongame fish and wildlife and their
habitat, the free hunting and fishing license programs, and special
repairs and capital outlay.
It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Finance
shall not include in the Governor's Budget any appropriation from
the Fish and Game Preservation Fund for any program or project which
is not expressly found to be an activity relating to the protection
or propagation of fish and game, except to the extent that moneys
have been deposited in that fund from collections under a law which
is not related to the protection or propagation of fish and game.
Any study relating to funding of programs administered or
conducted by the department shall include express findings of whether
the program is related to the protection or propagation of fish and
game and shall describe the relationship.


712.5. (a) Commencing July 1, 2005, any moneys appropriated from
the Public Resources Account in the Cigarette and Tobacco Products
Surtax Fund for programs to protect, restore, enhance, or maintain
waterfowl habitat pursuant to subparagraph (A) of paragraph (5) of
subdivision (b) of Section 30122 of the Revenue and Taxation Code,
shall be transferred to the department for expenditure for those same
purposes.
(b) Commencing July 1, 2005, any moneys appropriated to the
department from the California Environmental License Plate Fund
described in Section 21191 of the Public Resources Code, in an amount
not to exceed the amount transferred to the department pursuant to
subdivision (a), shall be transferred to the Department of Parks and
Recreation for expenditure for the exclusive trust purposes described
in Section 21190.



713. (a) The changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for State and
Local Government Purchases of Goods and Services, as published by the
United States Department of Commerce, shall be used as the index to
determine an annual rate of increase or decrease in the fees for
licenses, stamps, permits, tags, or other entitlements issued by the
department.
(b) The department shall determine the change in the Implicit
Price Deflator for State and Local Government Purchases of Goods and
Services, as published by the United States Department of Commerce,
for the quarter ending March 31 of the current year compared to the
quarter ending March 31 of the previous year. The relative amount of
the change shall be multiplied by the current fee for each license,
stamp, permit, tag, or other entitlement issued by the department.
The product shall be rounded to the nearest twenty-five cents
($0.25), and the resulting amount shall be added to the fee for the
current year. The resulting amount shall be the fee for the license
year beginning on or after January 1 of the next succeeding calendar
year for the license, stamp, permit, tag, or other entitlement that
is adjusted under this section.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the department may
recalculate the current fees charged for each license, stamp,
permit, tag, or other entitlement issued by the department, to
determine that all appropriate indexing has been included in the
current fees. This section shall apply to all licenses, stamps,
permits, tags, or other entitlements, that have not been increased
each year since the base year of the 1985-86 fiscal year.
(d) The calculations provided for in this section shall be
reported to the Legislature with the Governor's Budget Bill.
(e) The Legislature finds that all revenues generated by fees for
licenses, stamps, permits, tags, and other entitlements, computed
under this section and used for the purposes for which they were
imposed, are not subject to Article XIII B of the California
Constitution.
(f) The department shall, at least every five years, analyze all
fees for licenses, stamps, permits, tags, and other entitlements
issued by it to ensure the appropriate fee amount is charged. Where
appropriate, the department shall recommend to the Legislature or the
commission that fees established by the commission or the
Legislature be adjusted to ensure that those fees are appropriate.



714. (a) In addition to Section 3031, 3031.2, 7149, 7149.05, or
7149.2 and notwithstanding Section 3037, the department shall issue
lifetime sportsman's licenses pursuant to this section. A lifetime
sportsman's license authorizes the taking of birds, mammals, fish,
reptiles, or amphibia anywhere in this state in accordance with law
for purposes other than profit for the life of the person to whom
issued unless revoked for a violation of this code or regulations
adopted pursuant to this code. A lifetime sportsman's license is not
transferable. A lifetime sportsman's license does not include any
special tags, stamps, or other entitlements.
(b) A lifetime sportsman's license may be issued to residents, as
follows:
(1) To a person 62 years of age or over upon payment of a base fee
of seven hundred thirty dollars ($730).
(2) To a person 40 years of age or over and less than 62 years of
age upon payment of a base fee of one thousand eighty dollars
($1,080).
(3) To a person 10 years of age or over and less than 40 years of
age upon payment of a base fee of one thousand two hundred dollars
($1,200).
(4) To a person less than 10 years of age upon payment of a base
fee of seven hundred thirty dollars ($730).
(c) This section does not require a person less than 16 years of
age to obtain a license to take fish, reptiles, or amphibia for
purposes other than profit or to obtain a license to take birds or
mammals, except as required by law.
(d) This section does not exempt an applicant for a license from
meeting other qualifications or requirements otherwise established by
law for the privilege of sport hunting or sport fishing.
(e) Upon payment of a base fee of four hundred forty-five dollars
($445), a person holding a lifetime hunting license or lifetime
sportsman's license shall be issued annually one deer tag application
pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 4332 and five wild pig tags
issued pursuant to Section 4654. Lifetime privileges issued pursuant
to this subdivision are not transferable.
(f) Upon payment of a base fee of two hundred ten dollars ($210),
a person holding a lifetime hunting license or lifetime sportsman's
license shall be entitled annually to the privileges afforded to a
person holding a state duck stamp or validation issued pursuant to
Section 3700 or 3700.1 and an upland game bird stamp or validation
issued pursuant to Section 3682 or 3682.1. Lifetime privileges
issued pursuant to this subdivision are not transferable.
(g) The base fees specified in this section are applicable
commencing January 1, 2004, and shall be adjusted annually thereafter
pursuant to Section 713.