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MN HOUSE BILL 2556 LOOKS TO PROHIBIT LEAD AMMUNITION FOR HUNTING 

THIS IS THE BILL AS WRITTEN...

A bill for an act
relating to game and fish; requiring the use of nontoxic ammunition; appropriating
money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 97B.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. 

[97B.032] NONTOXIC AMMUNITION REQUIRED.

Subdivision 1. 

Lead ammunition prohibited. 

A person may not use or possess lead
ammunition when hunting with firearms.

Subd. 2. 

Hunter notification. 

The commissioner must notify hunters of the requirements
of this section.

Subd. 3. 

Civil penalty. 

A person who violates this section is subject to the following
civil penalties:

(1) $500 for the first offense; and

(2) a penalty of at least $1,000 but no more than $5,000 for each subsequent offense.

Subd. 4. 

Nontoxic ammunition vouchers. 

(a) To the extent funding is available, the
commissioner must establish a program to provide hunters with nontoxic ammunition at no
cost or at a reduced cost. The program must include a voucher for nontoxic ammunition
with a value not to exceed the average value of nontoxic ammunition in the state as
determined by the commissioner. The commissioner may work with partners to secure
additional resources for the program from local, federal, and private sources.

(b) The commissioner must submit a report to the chairs and ranking minority leaders
of the house of representatives and senate committees and divisions with jurisdiction over
the environment and natural resources on the implementation and redemption rates of
vouchers issued in the previous fiscal year. The report must be submitted by January 15 the
year following any fiscal year the program was being implemented.

Subd. 5. 

Nontoxic shot buy-back and exchange program. 

To the extent funding is
available, the commissioner must establish a program to buy back lead ammunition from
hunters and provide opportunities for hunters to exchange lead ammunition with nontoxic
ammunition.

Subd. 6. 

Exemption. 

This section does not apply to peace officers, other government
officials or employees, or their agents when carrying out a duty required by law.

Sec. 2. APPROPRIATIONS.

(a) $....... in fiscal year 2022 and $....... in fiscal year 2023 are appropriated from the
....... fund to the commissioner of natural resources for the nontoxic shot voucher program
under Minnesota Statutes, section 97B.032, subdivision 4.

(b) $....... in fiscal year 2022 and $....... in fiscal year 2023 are appropriated from the
....... fund to the commissioner of natural resources for the nontoxic shot buy-back and
exchange program under Minnesota Statutes, section 97B.032, subdivision 5.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE REP AND TELL THEM YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL

SIMPLY PRESS THE "FIND YOUR REP" BUTTON ABOVE TO BE TAKEN TO THE WEBSITE, ENTER YOUR ZIP CODE AND YOUR REP WILL SHOW

ALSO....

HERE IS THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BOTH AUTHORS OF THIS BILL

Rep. Kelly Morrison (DFL) District: 33B
Assistant Majority Leader

507 State Office Building 
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4315
E-mail: rep.kelly.morrison@house.mn

Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL) District: 45B

381 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4176
E-mail: rep.mike.freiberg@house.mn

PLEASE BE CURTIOUS AND RESPECTFUL WHEN CONTACTING ANY REP OR THOSE THAT WORK FOR THEM!!!!

WE HAVE TO STOP THIS NOW BEFORE IT HITS THE VOTING FLOOR!!!!!!

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