87-1-701. Assent to Dingell-Johnson bill. The congress of the United States having passed an act which was approved on August 9, 1950, and which is known as Public Law 681, 81st congress, chapter 658, 2nd session, wherein it is, among other things, provided that "no money apportioned under this act to any state, except as hereinafter provided, shall be expended therein until its legislature, or other state agency authorized by the state constitution to make laws governing the conservation of fish, shall have assented to the provisions of this act and shall have passed laws for the conservation of fish, which shall include prohibition against the diversion of license fees paid by fishermen for any other purpose than the administration of said fish, wildlife, and parks department, except that, until the final adjournment of the first regular session of the legislature held after passage of this act, the assent of the governor of the state shall be sufficient", and since the moneys referred to in the act of congress are collected in part from the fishermen of this state and will not be returned to the state of Montana except the state of Montana does assent to this act; now, therefore, the state of Montana does assent to the provisions of said act of congress which is commonly known as the Dingell-Johnson bill, but such assent is with the express reservations enumerated in 87-1-701 through 87-1-703. The state of Montana does not, by the passage of 87-1-701 through 87-1-703 or by the consent herein given, surrender to the congress of the United States or any department of the government of the United States any of those rights which are retained by the people of the state of Montana or the state of Montana and which are guaranteed to them by the 9th and 10th amendments to the constitution of the United States, nor shall 87-1-701 through 87-1-703 in any manner or at all be construed or held to be the state of Montana's consent to amending the constitution of the United States in any manner or at all relative to its rights. The title to all lands acquired under the provisions of 87-1-701 through 87-1-703 for fish restoration and management projects and projects constructed thereon shall be and remain in the state
History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 140, L. 1951; R.C.M. 1947, 26-1401; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 218, L. 1979.