Authors: Representative Sean Eberhart
Co-authors: Representative Clyde Kersey
Sponsors: Senator Carlin Yoder, Senator Richard Young
Advisors: Representative Jud McMillin, Representative Robert Heaton, Representative Steven Stemler, Representative Linda Lawson
Defines "geo-referenced". Allows a professional surveyor to use a geo-referenced aerial photograph in order to prepare a description of a parcel. Provides that any natural resources commission rules concerning other means to describe classified lands may not result in a real property description. Exempts from the boat excise tax a motorboat registered outside Indiana and docked on the Indiana part of Lake Michigan for a combined total of not more than 180 consecutive days. Amends certain definitions. Allows money in the counties with special boat patrol needs fund to be used to enforce laws pertaining to watercraft on boundary waters located in counties with special boat patrol needs. Creates the recreational trails maintenance fund. Allows the director of the department of natural resources (DNR) to adopt rules that would authorize the taking of a wild animal in a state park under certain circumstances. Makes certain changes to the program to contain and reduce invasive animal species in the Wabash River. Allows the director of DNR to consider certain factors when determining damages caused by a person releasing certain substances that kill wild animals. Changes procedures to settle a claim for damages that resulted in a kill to wild animals. Removes a provision requiring the boundaries of a shooting preserve to be defined by fences of at least one strand of wire. Allows the department to issue lifetime licenses to hunt, fish, or trap. Allows the department of natural resources to issue a dog training ground permit. Allows the director of the DNR to issue a permit to take a wild animal to a person that owns or has an interest in property: (1) being damaged; (2) threatened with damage; or (3) on which a health or safety threat to persons or domestic animals is posed; by a wild animal. Allows for the permit to take a wild animal to be denied to a person, after an investigation of a complaint, if the complaint is unfounded or the applicant has not complied with certain requirements. Removes a provision requiring the boundaries of a shooting preserve to be defined by fences of at least one strand of wire. Provides penalties for a person who provides fishing or hunting guide services to take wild animals that are protected by law. Repeals the pest control compact. Provides for a project permit under the flood control act to be issued for two years for most projects and five years for the department of transportation, federally funded county highway projects, and power generation facilities. Allows for a project permit issued under the flood control act to be renewed one time for a period of two years. Provides that certain duties imposed on the Lake Michigan marina and shoreline development commission under current law are discretionary powers rather than duties. Provides that, instead of being required to report on its activities to the governor and the legislative council at least once every two years, the Lake Michigan marina and shoreline development commission may report to the governor and the legislative council. Exempts from the definition of the practice of surveying classified parcels developed according to certain natural resources commission rules. Makes conforming changes. Makes a technical correction. Urges the legislative council to require an appropriate study committee to study: (1) the development of a statewide policy for recreational trails and their maintenance; and (2) a method to distribute money deposited into the recreational trail maintenance fund.