130th Ohio General Assembly
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(123rd General Assembly)
(Senate Bill Number 59)



AN ACT
To enact section 1533.131 of the Revised Code to authorize the Chief of the Division of Wildlife in the Department of Natural Resources to sell gift certificates for hunting and fishing licenses, permits, and stamps.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1 .  That section 1533.131 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:

Sec. 1533.131.  The chief of the division of wildlife may sell gift certificates that may be used to obtain hunting and fishing licenses, fur taker, special deer, and special wild turkey permits, and wetlands habitat stamps. For the purposes of this section, the chief shall adopt rules in accordance with section 1531.10 of the Revised Code doing all of the following:

(A) Providing that a gift certificate may be used to obtain a resident or nonresident hunting license under section 1533.10 of the Revised Code, a resident or nonresident fishing license under section 1533.32 of the Revised Code, a fur taker permit under section 1533.111 of the Revised Code, a special deer or wild turkey permit under section 1533.11 of the Revised Code, a wetlands habitat stamp under section 1533.112 of the Revised Code, or a combination of those licenses, permits, and stamps;

(B) Prescribing the form for the gift certificates;

(C) Authorizing persons who are designated and authorized under section 1533.13 of the Revised Code to sell licenses and permits under this chapter also to sell gift certificates under this section;

(D) Establishing fees for the gift certificates, which shall equal the total of the fee for a resident or nonresident hunting license, a resident or nonresident fishing license, a fur taker permit, a special deer or wild turkey permit, a wetlands habitat stamp, or a combination of those licenses, permits, and stamps, as applicable, and the fee established under section 1533.13 of the Revised Code;

(E) Requiring gift certificates to expire one year after the date of purchase.

Nothing in this section or rules adopted under it relieves an individual who receives a gift certificate for a hunting license from complying with the requirement established under section 1533.10 of the Revised Code to present, when applying for the license, a previously held hunting license or evidence of having held such a license in content and manner approved by the chief, a certificate of completion issued upon completion of a hunter education and conservation course approved by the chief, or evidence of equivalent training in content and manner approved by the chief.

Nothing in this section or rules adopted under it relieves an individual who receives a gift certificate for a fur taker permit from complying with the requirements established under section 1533.111 of the Revised Code to present, when applying for the permit, a previously held hunting license or trapping or fur taker permit or evidence of having held such a license or permit in content and manner approved by the chief, a certificate of completion issued upon completion of a trapper education course approved by the chief, or evidence of equivalent training in content and manner approved by the chief.

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