CRC - 2017 P 48 By Commissioner Thurlow-Lippisch thurlowlj-00051-17 201748__ 1 A proposal to amend 2 Section 9 of Article IV of the State Constitution to 3 provide that the Fish and Wildlife Conservation 4 Commission shall exercise the regulatory and executive 5 powers of the state with respect to habitats, 6 including wildlife corridors. 7 8 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 9 Florida: 10 11 Section 9 of Article IV of the State Constitution is 12 amended to read: 13 ARTICLE IV 14 EXECUTIVE 15 SECTION 9. Fish and wildlife conservation commission.—There 16 shall be a fish and wildlife conservation commission, composed 17 of seven members appointed by the governor, subject to 18 confirmation by the senate for staggered terms of five years. 19 The commission shall exercise the regulatory and executive 20 powers of the state with respect to wild animal life,
andfresh 21 water aquatic life, and habitats, including wildlife corridors, 22 and shall also exercise regulatory and executive powers of the 23 state with respect to marine life, except that all license fees 24 for taking wild animal life, fresh water aquatic life, and 25 marine life and penalties for violating regulations of the 26 commission shall be prescribed by general law. The commission 27 shall establish procedures to ensure adequate due process in the 28 exercise of its regulatory and executive functions. The 29 legislature may enact laws in aid of the commission, not 30 inconsistent with this section, except that there shall be no 31 special law or general law of local application pertaining to 32 hunting or fishing. The commission’s exercise of executive 33 powers in the area of planning, budgeting, personnel management, 34 and purchasing shall be as provided by law. Revenue derived from 35 license fees for the taking of wild animal life and fresh water 36 aquatic life shall be appropriated to the commission by the 37 legislature for the purposes of management, protection, and 38 conservation of wild animal life and fresh water aquatic life. 39 Revenue derived from license fees relating to marine life shall 40 be appropriated by the legislature for the purposes of 41 management, protection, and conservation of marine life as 42 provided by law. The commission shall not be a unit of any other 43 state agency and shall have its own staff, which includes 44 management, research, and enforcement. Unless provided by 45 general law, the commission shall have no authority to regulate 46 matters relating to air and water pollution.