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      RS 56:644     

  

§644. Fishing and hunting license checkoff; donation for Hunters for the Hungry

            A. Each individual who purchases a fishing or hunting license may donate to Hunters for the Hungry. The donation shall be made at the time of the purchase of the license and shall be made upon the license form as prescribed by the secretary.

            NOTE: Subsection B eff. until July 1, 2020. See Acts 2018, No. 612.

            B. There is hereby created within the Conservation Fund a special account known as the "Hunters for the Hungry Account". The account is created to receive deposits of donations for the benefit of Hunters for the Hungry made when an individual purchases a fishing and hunting license. Subject to the exception contained in Article VII, Section 9(A) of the Constitution of Louisiana, all funds collected from the donations made under the provisions of this Section shall be paid into the state treasury and shall be credited to the Bond Security and Redemption Fund. Out of the funds remaining in the Bond Security and Redemption Fund after a sufficient amount is allocated from that fund to pay all obligations secured by the full faith and credit of the state which become due and payable within any fiscal year, the treasurer shall, prior to placing such remaining funds in the state general fund, pay into the Hunters for the Hungry Account an amount equal to the amount of funds collected under the provisions of this Section. The account shall be administered by the treasurer who shall every three months remit the balance of the monies in the account to Hunters for the Hungry. The monies in the account shall be used solely as provided by Subsection C of this Section. All unexpended and unencumbered monies in this account at the end of the fiscal year shall remain in the fund. The monies in the fund shall be invested by the state treasurer in the same manner as monies in the state general fund.

            NOTE: Subsection B eff. July 1, 2020. See Acts 2018, No. 612..

            B. There is hereby created within the Conservation Fund a special account known as the "Hunters for the Hungry Escrow Account". The escrow account is created to receive deposits of donations for the benefit of Hunters for the Hungry made when an individual purchases a fishing and hunting license. Subject to the exception contained in Article VII, Section 9(A) of the Constitution of Louisiana, all funds collected from the donations made under the provisions of this Section shall be paid into the state treasury and shall be credited to the Bond Security and Redemption Fund. Out of the funds remaining in the Bond Security and Redemption Fund after a sufficient amount is allocated from that fund to pay all obligations secured by the full faith and credit of the state which become due and payable within any fiscal year, the treasurer shall, prior to placing such remaining funds in the state general fund, pay into the Hunters for the Hungry Escrow Account an amount equal to the amount of funds collected under the provisions of this Section. The account shall be administered by the treasurer who shall every three months remit the balance of the monies in the escrow account to Hunters for the Hungry. The monies in the escrow account shall be used solely as provided by Subsection C of this Section. All unexpended and unencumbered monies in this escrow account at the end of the fiscal year shall remain in the escrow account. The monies in the escrow account shall be invested by the state treasurer in the same manner as monies in the state general fund.

NOTE: Paragraph (C)(intro. para.) eff. until July 1, 2020. See Acts 2018, No. 612.

            C. No more than twenty-five percent of the monies in the account shall be used for administrative costs. The balance shall be used solely by Hunters for the Hungry to pay for the following:

NOTE: Paragraph (C)(intro. para.) eff. July 1, 2020. See Acts 2018, No. 612.

            C. No more than twenty-five percent of the monies in the escrow account shall be used for administrative costs. The balance shall be used solely by Hunters for the Hungry to pay for the following:

            (1) Processing and distribution of commercial or game fish, migratory or resident game bird, game quadruped, alligator, or feral hog when any of these shall be used by a not-for-profit entity or a charitable organization in food or meal distribution at no cost to an individual.

            (2) Advertising, promotion, or marketing costs incurred to make the general public aware of the mission of Hunters for the Hungry, including the option to donate money when purchasing a fishing or hunting license.

NOTE: Subsections D and E eff. until July 1, 2020. See Acts 2018, No. 612.

            D. All monies used pursuant to the Hunters for the Hungry Account shall be subject to audit by the legislative auditor.

            E. At the end of each calendar year, Hunters for the Hungry shall submit to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources a report that at a minimum contains a detailed explanation of the revenues and expenditures of the account, as well as a description of the organization's activities related to the account. The committee may summon any person employed by or associated with Hunters for the Hungry to provide testimony with respect to the report.

NOTE: Subsections D and E eff. July 1, 2020. See Acts 2018, No. 612.

            D. All monies used pursuant to the Hunters for the Hungry Escrow Account shall be subject to audit by the legislative auditor.

            E. At the end of each calendar year, Hunters for the Hungry shall submit to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources a report that at a minimum contains a detailed explanation of the revenues and expenditures of the escrow account, as well as a description of the organization's activities related to the escrow account. The committee may summon any person employed by or associated with Hunters for the Hungry to provide testimony with respect to the report.

            Acts 2013, No. 366, §1, eff. June 1, 2014; Acts 2015, No. 271, §1; Acts 2018, No. 612, §18, eff. July 1, 2020.



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