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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 13-658



[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 143 ]

Hunting and Furtaker Licenses; Hunter Education Training

[43 Pa.B. 2037]
[Saturday, April 13, 2013]

 To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission) proposed at its January 29, 2013, meeting to amend § 143.12 (relating to hunter education training) to give the Director the authority to establish hunter education course registration fees or certificate replacement fees.

 The proposed rulemaking will not have an adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.

 The authority for the proposed rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).

 The proposed rulemaking was made public at the January 29, 2013, meeting of the Commission. Comments can be sent until April 12, 2013, to the Director, Information and Education, Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.

 (Editor's Note: The Commission requested the comment due date in the previous paragraph.)

1. Purpose and Authority

 The proposed amendments provide for future hunter education program flexibility. These proposed amendments will enable implementation of planned improvements to the hunter education replacement training certificate process by providing for online fulfillment capabilities. This will result in a significant improvement to customer service. The Commission is proposing to amend § 143.12 to give the Director the authority to establish hunter education course registration fees and certificate replacement fees.

 Section 2722(g) of the code (relating to authorized license-issuing agents) directs the Commission to adopt regulations for the administration, control and performance of license issuing activities. Section 2102(a) of the code (relating to regulations) provides that ''The commission shall promulgate such regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate concerning game or wildlife and hunting or furtaking in this Commonwealth, including regulations relating to the protection, preservation and management of game or wildlife and game or wildlife habitat, permitting or prohibiting hunting or furtaking, the ways, manner, methods and means of hunting or furtaking, and the health and safety of persons who hunt or take wildlife or may be in the vicinity of persons who hunt or take game or wildlife in this Commonwealth.'' The amendments to § 143.12 were proposed under this authority.

2. Regulatory Requirements

 The proposed rulemaking will amend § 143.12 to give the Director the authority to establish hunter education course registration fees or certificate replacement fees.

3. Persons Affected

 Persons wishing to participate in hunter education programs within this Commonwealth may be affected by the proposed rulemaking.

4. Cost and Paperwork Requirements

 The proposed rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.

5. Effective Date

 The proposed rulemaking will be effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.

6. Contact Person

 For further information regarding the proposed rulemaking, contact Richard R. Palmer, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: 48-353. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A




Subchapter A. GENERAL

§ 143.12. Hunter education training.

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 (b) Training certificate. The Commission will issue an appropriate certificate of training to each student who successfully completes an approved hunter education course. The Commission will issue a replacement hunter education training certificate to a person who provides sufficient affirmation or evidence of successful completion of that course of instruction. A [$10] certificate replacement fee shall be remitted by any person requesting a replacement hunter education training certificate.

 (c) Waiver. The Director may waive any course registration fee required by this section when the waiver is determined to be consistent with the Commission's hunter education training program or the intent of the act.

(d) Establishment of fees. The Director will establish the value of a course registration fee or certificate replacement fee required under this section.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 13-658. Filed for public inspection April 12, 2013, 9:00 a.m.]

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