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                         Laws of Minnesota 1989 

                        CHAPTER 266-H.F.No. 811 
           An act relating to natural resources; changing certain 
          provisions relating to the taking of turtles; amending 
          Minnesota Statutes 1988, sections 97A.475, subdivision 
          41; 97C.605, subdivisions 2 and 3; and 97C.611; 
          repealing Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 97C.615. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 97A.475, 
subdivision 41, is amended to read:  
    Subd. 41.  [TURTLE SELLERS.] The fee for a license to take, 
transport, purchase, and possess unprocessed turtles for sale is 
$50.  
    Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 97C.605, 
subdivision 2, is amended to read:  
    Subd. 2.  [SALES LICENSE.] A person may not take, possess, 
transport, or purchase unprocessed turtles for sale without a 
turtle seller's license.  A person with a turtle seller's 
license may take turtles for sale as prescribed by the 
commissioner A turtle seller's license is not required to buy 
turtles for retail sale to consumers: 
    (1) at a location licensed by the department of agriculture 
or health for sale or preparation of food; 
    (2) of a person licensed by the department of agriculture 
or health for sale or preparation of food; or 
    (3) of a person buying turtle at a retail outlet.  
    Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 97C.605, 
subdivision 3, is amended to read:  
    Subd. 3.  [TAKING; METHODS PROHIBITED.] (a) Except as 
allowed in paragraph (b), a person may take turtles in any 
manner, except by use of: 
     (1) explosives, drugs, poisons, lime, and other harmful 
substances, or by the use of; 
     (2) turtle hooks or traps; or 
     (3) nets other than anglers' fish landing nets.  
     (b) A person with a turtle seller's license may take 
turtles for sale as prescribed by the commissioner. 
    Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 97C.611, is 
amended to read:  
    97C.611 [SNAPPING TURTLES; LIMITS.] 
    A person may not possess more than ten three snapping 
turtles of the species Chelydra serpentina without a turtle 
seller's license.  The size of the turtles must have a dorsal 
surface of the shell that measures at least ten inches long.  A 
person may not take snapping turtles of a size less than ten 
inches wide including curvature, measured from side to side 
across the shell at midpoint. 
     Sec. 5.  [REPEALER.] 
    Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 97C.615, is repealed. 
    Presented to the governor May 23, 1989 
    Signed by the governor May 25, 1989, 6:35 p.m.