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Hog Hunting and Dog Bills introduced to the 2017 Alabama Legislative Body

SB #306 – This bill would increase the age of the Senior Hunting License exemption from 65 to 75 years, would allow residents born on or before August 25, 1954, to receive the exemption or maintain the exemption if they are currently qualified for the exemption under state law, and would provide a 50 percent discount on the license fees for persons born on or after August 26, 1954, until they reach the age of 75 and qualify for the exemption.

HB #3 – relating to hunting and fishing; to authorize a nonresident student at an institution of higher education in this state to purchase resident hunting or fishing licenses under certain conditions.

HB #184 – relating to hunting; to allow the taking of whitetail deer or feral swine by means of bait when a person purchases a baiting privilege license from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

SB #189 – Under existing law, by regulation of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as it relates to hunting deer on private lands, there is a rebuttable presumption that any bait or feed located beyond 100 yards from the hunter and not within the line of sight of the hunter is not a lure, attraction or enticement to, on, or over the areas where the hunter is attempting to kill or take the deer.  This bill would allow the taking of whitetail deer or feral swine by means of bait.

HB #137 – This bill would allow the taking of whitetail deer or feral swine by means of bait and would require that the bait be contained.  This bill would authorize a landowner to give permission in writing to another person to hunt over bait on the landowner’s property for whitetail deer or feral swine.

HB #202 – Under existing law, there are no requirements relating to the humane tethering of dogs.  This bill would establish definitions and guidelines for the humane tethering of a dog as a means of containment. This bill would establish penalties for violations.

HB #45 – Relating to dog or cat breeders; to establish the Alabama Dog and Cat Breeders Commission; to give the commission the authority to license dog and cat breeders; to provide exemptions of certain animals and breeders; to authorize the commission, by rule, to set certain standards for breeding and the minimum standard of care for certain animals, perform inspections and investigations, set licensing requirements and fees, require certain notifications, perform criminal background checks, contract with third party inspectors, establish certain directories and publish certain consumer information, require an annual inventory and keeping of certain records, require the breeder license be displayed, and require certain advertising and sales contract notifications; to provide for the denial, revocation, or suspension of a license under certain conditions; and to provide civil penalties.

HB #498 – This bill would create the Alabama Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act to prohibit the use of an unmanned aircraft system to fly over certain designated manufacturing and commercial facilities without permission of the owner of the facility, with exceptions, and to harass persons; would provide criminal penalties for violations; and would authorize injunctive relief.  Included are the terms; The intentional harassment, of a person, including a person who ishunting or fishing in compliance with the laws of this state.

HB #201 – Under existing law, a person commits the crime of cruelty to a dog or cat in the second degree if he or she deprives the animal necessary shelter.  This bill would provide a specific definition of the shelter required.

SB #231 – Under existing law, a county or municipality may require that a dog be kept on a leash or otherwise restrained.  This bill would exempt agricultural work dogs, as defined in the bill, from local leash and restraint laws, except in wildlife management areas.  For the purposes of this section, “agricultural work dog” means any dog that is trained to herd or protect livestock or to otherwise assist in agricultural work and is actually or has been used for such purposes.


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