2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
May 6, 2021 - Introduced by Senators Feyen,
Ballweg, Cowles, Roth and
Wanggaard, cosponsored by Representatives Thiesfeldt, Bowen,
Cabral-Guevara, Dallman, Hintz, Horlacher, Murphy, Mursau, Ramthun,
Schraa, Skowronski, Stubbs and Tusler. Referred to Committee on Sporting
Heritage, Small Business and Rural Issues.
1An Act to create
29.630 and 29.709 (5) of the statutes; relating to: raffling lake
2sturgeon culled from state fish hatcheries.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Natural Resources is authorized to
operate state fish hatcheries. DNR may breed and propagate fish species that DNR
determines to be of value and is authorized to distribute and dispose of the fish.
This bill authorizes an organization known as Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Inc., to
request that DNR annually transfer up to 15 carcasses of lake sturgeon culled from
state fish hatcheries to be awarded as prizes in a raffle. The bill requires the
organization to preserve the carcasses for taxidermy and mounting and to provide
to each person who receives a carcass a certificate of transfer. The bill also requires
the organization to use all proceeds from these raffles to promote sturgeon
management, conduct sturgeon habitat management, promote sturgeon
reintroduction, or further sturgeon research.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
29.630 of the statutes is created to read:
129.630 Raffling lake sturgeon culled from state fish hatcheries. (1)
organization known as Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Inc., may annually request that the 3
department transfer not more than 15 carcasses of lake sturgeon culled from state 4
fish hatcheries to be awarded as prizes in a raffle, subject to the requirements of 5
subch. VIII of ch. 563.
For any raffle conducted under sub. (1), the organization known as 7
Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Inc., shall do all of the following:
(a) Preserve all sturgeon carcasses received from the department for taxidermy 9
(b) Provide to each person who receives a sturgeon carcass a certificate of 11
transfer furnished by the department, to be retained by the person receiving the 12
(c) Use all proceeds from the raffle to promote sturgeon management, conduct 14
sturgeon habitat management, promote sturgeon reintroduction, or further 15
29.709 (5) of the statutes is created to read:
Transfer the carcasses of lake sturgeon culled from state fish 18
hatcheries as part of routine rearing practices to be used in raffles as provided in s. 19