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      RS 56:70.3     

  

            NOTE: §70.3 eff. until July 1, 2020. See Acts 2018, No. 612.

§70.3. Louisiana Help Our Wildlife Fund; creation; composition of fund; uses of fund

            A. The Louisiana Help Our Wildlife Fund, hereinafter referred to as "the fund", is hereby created within the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Fund in the state treasury.

            B. The fund shall be composed of:

            (1) Monies from appropriations by the legislature.

            (2) All monies paid as a cost levied on class violations as provided in Subsection C of this Section.

            (3) Any federal monies made available to the state for enforcement of anti-poaching laws.

            C.(1) In addition to any other costs otherwise imposed by law, and not withstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a cost of five dollars for any class violation as provided in R.S. 56:31 through 37.1 is hereby levied in each criminal action which results in conviction or guilty plea. The recipient of such costs shall remit them upon collection to the state treasurer.

            (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, in addition to any fine imposed under R.S. 30:2531 and 2531.1 or fine imposed pursuant to any parish or municipal ordinance prohibiting littering, an additional fine of five dollars is hereby imposed for each violation of said statutes or ordinances which results in a conviction, guilty plea, or plea of nolo contendere. The recipient of such fines shall, notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, remit them to the state treasurer upon collection.

            D.(1) After complying with the requirements of Article VII, Section 9 (B) of the Constitution of Louisiana relative to the Bond Security and Redemption Fund, the treasurer each fiscal year, prior to placing the remaining funds in the state general fund, shall pay the same amount of funds as was paid into the state treasury pursuant to Subsections B and C of this Section into a special fund hereby created within the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Fund in the state treasury and known as the Louisiana Help Our Wildlife Fund.

            (2) The monies in the Louisiana Help Our Wildlife Fund shall be used solely for the purposes set forth in this Subpart and only in the amounts appropriated each year by the legislature.

            (3) All unexpended and unencumbered monies in the fund at the end of the fiscal year shall remain in the fund.

            (4) The monies in the fund shall be invested by the treasurer in the same manner as monies in the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Fund. All interest earned on monies invested by the treasurer shall be deposited in the Louisiana Help Our Wildlife Fund.

            E. The Louisiana Help Our Wildlife Fund may be used solely for the following purposes:

            (1) Rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers and litterers.

            (2) A promotional and educational campaign to inform the general public on:

            (a) The harm and danger of poaching and littering.

            (b) The reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of poachers and litterers.

            (3) Toll free telephone numbers.

            (4) All expenses necessary to implement the provisions of this Subpart as determined by the secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

            NOTE: §70.3 eff. July 1, 2020. See Acts 2018, No. 612.

§70.3. Louisiana Help Our Wildlife Fund; uses of fund

             The Louisiana Help Our Wildlife Fund is hereby abolished in the state treasury. Any monies in the fund shall be transferred to the Conservation Fund.

            Acts 1995, No. 77, §1; Acts 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 148, §8; Acts 2018, No. 612, §18, eff. July 1, 2020.



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