Amendment 35

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  1. bayman1975

    bayman1975 Select Member<br>2014-2015 Deer Hunting Contest W

    For those who've never actually read Amendment 35:

    Amend. 35.

    Wild Life - Conservation - Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission.

    Section:
    1. Commission created - Members - Powers.
    2. Qualifications and appointment of members - Terms of office of first commission.
    3. Term of office of members.
    4. Oath of office - Members serve without compensation - Expenses - Payment.
    5. Removal of members - Hearing - Review and appeal.
    6. Vacancies - Filling - Chairman of commission.
    7. Executive secretary and other personnel - Selection - Salaries and expenditures.
    8. Nepotism prohibited - Powers of arrest - Funds - Use - Purposes - Game Protection Fund -
    Audit of accounts - Resident hunting and fishing licenses - Powers of commission.


    1. Commission created - Members - Powers.

    The control, management, restoration, conservation and regulation of birds, fish, game and
    wildlife resources of the State, including hatcheries, sanctuaries, refuges, reservations and all
    property now owned, or used for said purposes and the acquisition and establishment of same,
    the administration of the laws now and/or hereafter pertaining thereto, shall be vested in a
    Commission to be known as the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission, to consist of eight
    members. Seven of whom shall be active and one an associate member who shall be the Head of
    the Department of Zoology at the University of Arkansas, without voting power.

    2. Qualifications and appointment of members - Terms of office of first commission.

    Commissioners shall have knowledge of and interest in wildlife conservation. All shall be
    appointed by the Governor. The first members of the Commission shall be appointed by the
    Governor for terms as follows: One for one year, one for two years, one for three years, one for
    four years, one for five years, one for six years, and one for seven years. Each Congressional
    District must be represented on the Commission.
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    3. Term of office of members.

    Upon the expiration of the foregoing terms of the said Commission, a successor shall be
    appointed by the Governor for a term of seven years, which term of seven years shall thereafter
    be for each member of the Commission. No Commissioner can serve more than one term and
    none can succeed himself.

    4. Oath of office - Members serve without compensation - Expenses - Payment.

    Each Commissioner shall take the regular oath of office provided in the Constitution and serve
    without compensation other than actual expenses while away from home engaged entirely on the
    work of the Commission.

    5. Removal of members - Hearing - Review and appeal.

    A Commissioner may be removed by the Governor only for the same causes as apply to other
    Constitutional Officers, after a hearing which may be reviewed by the Chancery Court for the
    First District with right of appeal therefrom to the Supreme Court, such review and appeal to be
    without presumption in favor of any finding by the Governor or the trial court.

    6. Vacancies - Filling - Chairman of commission.

    Vacancies on the Commission due to resignation or death shall be filled by appointment of the
    Governor for the unexpired term within thirty days from date of such vacancy; upon failure of
    the Governor to fill the vacancy within thirty days, the remaining Commissioners shall make the
    appointment for the unexpired term. A chairman shall be elected annually from the seven
    members of the Commission to serve one year.

    7. Executive secretary and other personnel - Selection - Salaries and expenditures.

    The Commission shall elect an Executive Secretary, whose salary shall not exceed that of
    limitations placed on other constitutional departments; and other executive officers, supervisor,
    personnel, office assistants, wardens, game refuge keepers, and hatchery employees, whose
    salaries and expenditures must be submitted to the Legislature and approved by an Act covering
    specific items in the appropriation as covered by Article XVI Section 4 of the Constitution.

    8. Nepotism prohibited - Powers of arrest - Funds - Use - Purposes - Game Protection
    Fund - Audit of accounts - Resident hunting and fishing licenses - Powers of
    commission.

    No person shall be employed by the Commission who shall be related to any of the
    Commissioners or any other State officers within the third degree of relationship by blood or
    marriage. All employed personnel may make arrests for violation of the game and fish laws.

    The fees, monies, or funds arising from all sources by the operation and transaction of the said
    Commission and from the application and administration of the laws and regulations pertaining
    to birds, game, fish and wildlife resources of the State and the sale of property used for said
    purposes shall be expended by the Commission for the control, management, restoration,
    conservation and regulation of the birds, fish and wildlife resources of the State, including the
    purchases or other acquisitions of property for said purposes and for the administration of the
    laws pertaining thereto and for no other purposes. All monies shall be deposited in the Game
    Protection Fund with the State Treasurer and such monies as are necessary, including an
    emergency fund, shall be appropriated by the Legislature at each legislative session for the use of
    the Game and Fish Commission as hereto set forth. No monies other than those credited to the
    Game Protection Fund can be appropriated.

    All money to the credit of or that should be credited to the present Game Protection Fund shall
    be credited to the new Game Protection Fund and any appropriation made by the Legislature out
    of the Game Protection Fund shall be construed to be for the use of the new Commission and out
    of the new Game Protection Fund.

    The books, accounts and financial affairs of the Commission shall be audited by the State
    Comptroller as that department deems necessary, but at least once a year.

    Resident hunting and fishing license, each, shall be One and 50/100 Dollars annually, and shall
    not exceed this amount unless a higher license fee is authorized by an Act of Legislature.

    The Commission shall have the exclusive power and authority to issue licenses and permits, to
    regulate bag limits and the manner of taking game and fish and furbearing animals, and shall
    have the authority to divide the State into zones, and regulate seasons and manner of taking
    game, and fish and furbearing animals therein, and fix penalties for violations. No rule or
    regulations shall apply to less than a complete zone, except temporarily in case of extreme
    emergency.

    Said Commission shall have the power to acquire by purchase, gifts, eminent domain, or
    otherwise, all property necessary, useful or convenient for the use of the Commission in the
    exercise of any of its duties, and in the event the right of eminent domain is exercised, it shall be
    exercised in the same manner as now or hereafter provided for the exercise of eminent domain
    by the State Highway Commission. All laws now in effect shall continue in force until changed
    by the Commission. All contracts and agreements now in effect shall remain in force until the
    date of their expiration.

    This amendment shall not repeal, alter or modify the provisions of any existing special laws
    under the terms of which a County Game Commission has been created:

    The Commission shall be empowered to spend such monies as are necessary to match Federal
    grants under the Pittman-Robertson or similar acts for the propagation, conservation and
    restoration of game and fish.

    This amendment shall become effective July 1, 1945.


    I've found the highlighted in red words to be of interest. Obviously, they don't follow the amendment word for word.