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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 18-819




[ 58 PA. CODE CH. 135 ]

Lands and Buildings; Archery Ranges

[48 Pa.B. 3082]
[Saturday, May 26, 2018]

 To effectively manage the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth, the Game Commission (Commission), at its April 24, 2018, meeting, added § 135.183 (relating to archery ranges) to authorize the manners of usage of archery ranges established by the Commission.

 This final-form rulemaking will not have an adverse impact on the wildlife resources of this Commonwealth.

 The authority for this final-form rulemaking is 34 Pa.C.S. (relating to Game and Wildlife Code) (code).

 Notice of proposed rulemaking was published at 48 Pa.B. 1688 (March 24, 2018).

1. Purpose and Authority

 The Commission adds § 135.183 to authorize the manners of usage of archery ranges established by the Commission. These changes do not include a requirement that individuals using archery ranges acquire a range permit, hunting or trapping license, or meet other exemption criteria.

 Section 721(a) of the code (relating to control of property) provides ''[t]he administration of all lands or waters owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the commission shall be under the sole control of the director, and the commission shall promulgate regulations. . .for its use and protection as necessary to properly manage these lands or waters.'' The addition of § 135.183 is adopted under this authority.

2. Regulatory Requirements

 This final-form rulemaking adds § 135.183 to authorize the manners of usage of archery ranges established by the Commission.

3. Persons Affected

 Persons wishing to use State game lands archery ranges will be affected by this final-form rulemaking.

4. Comment and Response Summary

 There were no official comments received regarding this final-form rulemaking.

5. Cost and Paperwork Requirements

 This final-form rulemaking should not result in additional cost or paperwork.

6. Effective Date

 This final-form rulemaking will be effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and will remain in effect until changed by the Commission.

7. Contact Person

 For further information regarding this final-form rulemaking, contact Randy L. Shoup, Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, (717) 783-6526.


 The Commission finds that:

 (1) Public notice of intention to adopt the administrative amendments adopted by this order has been given under sections 201 and 202 of the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L. 769, No. 240) (45 P.S. §§ 1201 and 1202) and the regulations thereunder, 1 Pa. Code §§ 7.1 and 7.2.

 (2) The adoption of the amendments of the Commission in the manner provided in this order is necessary and appropriate for the administration and enforcement of the authorizing statute.


 The Commission, acting under the authorizing statute, orders that:

 (a) The regulations of the Commission, 58 Pa. Code Chapter 135, are amended by adding § 135.183 to read as set forth at 48 Pa.B. 1688.

 (b) The Executive Director of the Commission shall certify this order and 48 Pa.B. 1688 and deposit them with the Legislative Reference Bureau as required by law.

 (c) This order shall become effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Executive Director

Fiscal Note: Fiscal Note 48-432 remains valid for the final adoption of the subject regulation.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-819. Filed for public inspection May 25, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]

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