Tracking The Capitols
Tracking the Capitols is a source of legislation currently being tracked by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation state policy team to keep you informed of the most pertinent and timely state legislation affecting hunting, recreational fishing and shooting and trapping and other conservation issues. Inclusion in Tracking the Capitols does not necessarily constitute support or opposition to legislation by CSF and/or the CSF States Program. The bills noted in this email represent only a fraction of the legislation that CSF's States Program is monitoring on a day-to-day basis.

Please visit our website for day-to-day updates by CSF's State Program Team on important sportsmen's legislation. To view past bills, please visit the Tracking the Capitols Archive under the Media Room tab on the CSF website.

Note: In bold are sponsors who are members of their respective Sportsmen's Legislative Caucus.
 


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March 10, 2014     

Alabama H 356
Intro Date: 01/23/2014
Sponsor:
Representative Mike Jones
Issue Brief: General License 
Summary: Relates to game and fish; provides for a resident daily state lake fishing license, a nonresident state lake fishing license, a nonresident family three-day fishing license; as disabled three-day fishing event license, and to amend Section 9-11-56.3, Code of Alabama 1975; provides for the public fishing pier and annual saltwater pier fishing licenses. 
Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 6.  

Alabama H 559
Intro Date: 02/27/2014
Sponsor:
Representative Becky Nordgren
Issue Brief: Outdoor Sport Tax Holiday
Summary: Relates to sales and use tax on firearms, ammunition, and firearm supplies; exempts for a limited period each year firearms, ammunition, and firearm supplies from state sales and use tax.
Status: Recommitted to House Committee on Public Safety on March 6.

Arkansas SR 16
Intro Date: 03/11/2014
Sponsor:
Senator Missy Irvin, Member, Arkansas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus and Senator Bruce Maloch, Member, Arkansas Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Encourages the United States Congress and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to find a long-term funding solution to sustain the economic significance and the cultural heritage of Arkansas's fish hatcheries.
Status: Passed Senate on March 12.

Intro Date: 02/11/2014
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Internet Based Hunter Education Course
Summary:
Concerns on-line education options for boating and hunting safety; authorizes certain on-line boating and hunting safety courses.
Status: Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis on March 11.

Connecticut S 241
Intro Date: 02/21/2014
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Youth Licenses
Summary: Concerns youth hunting and fishing licenses, revising certain hunting and fishing license fees and requiring registration by hunting and fishing guide services; clarifies certain hunting and fishing license fees for persons sixteen and seventeen years of age, reduce certain fishing fees and establish a registration requirement for persons who conduct hunting or fishing guide services.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment: Reported with substitute (27-0)on March 10. 

Intro Date: 03/11/2014
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief:  Invasive Species
Summary:
Establishes an aquatic invasive species management grant and prevention and education program; establishes a program to provide grants to municipalities for aquatic invasive species management efforts in lakes and to provide additional deep seasonal staff to conduct prevention and education efforts aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the state's lakes.
Status:
Public Hearing Scheduled for March 17.

Connecticut H 5306
Intro Date: 02/21/2014
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Concerns a random drawing for a lifetime hunting or freshwater fishing license; establishes annual random drawings for the award of a lifetime hunting license and a lifetime freshwater fishing license to residents of this state.
Status:
From Joint Committee on Environment: Reported favorably (27-0) on March 10.  
  
Connecticut H 5080
Intro Date: 02/11/2014
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Environment
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Concerns deer management programs on private property and authorizing bow and arrow hunting on private property on sundays; authorizes Sunday hunting of deer on private property with bow and arrow and to authorize landowners to take deer pursuant to professional wildlife management principles.
Status: Public Hearing Scheduled for March 17.

Intro Date: 03/04/2014
Sponsor:
Representative Tom Goodson 
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; revises provisions relating to hunting and fishing licenses, permits, and authorizations, boating safety courses, and use of moneys collected from vessel registration fees; repeals provisions relating to certain spiny lobster licenses.
Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee: Reported favorably with substitute on March 11.
Intro Date: 01/14/2014
Sponsor: Representative Kevin Tanner  
Issue Brief: General License  
Summary: Relates to definitions regarding game and fish; provides that full-time military personnel on active duty and their dependents shall be considered residents of this state for procuring certain hunting and fishing licenses in this state; provides for related matters; repeals conflicting laws. 
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on March 7. 

Intro Date: 01/21/2014
Sponsor: Representative David Knight, Member, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to hunting, trapping, or fishing licenses, permits, and stamps generally; adds a Type I nonresident infant lifetime sportsman's license; clarifies fees for replacement licenses; corrects a cross-reference; provides for related matters; provides an effective date; repeals conflicting laws.
Status: House Disagrees with Senate Amendment/Substitute on March 11.

Intro Date: 01/09/2014
Sponsor: Senator Brent Steele, Co-Chair, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Relates to right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife; provides that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of Indiana's heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good; provides that the people have a right, which includes the right to use traditional methods, to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, subject only to the laws prescribed by the general assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the general assembly.
Status: Passed House on March 3.

Iowa H 2381
Intro Date: 02/24/2014
Sponsor: House Judiciary Committee
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors  
Summary: Relates to the authorized possession of firearm suppressors; provides that a mechanical device that silences, muffles, or suppresses the sound of a firearm when fired is defined as an offensive weapon; provides that a person who is not otherwise authorized to possess an offensive weapon is guilty of a Class D felony; allows any person, trust, corporation, or other entity to lawfully possess a firearm suppressor if the suppressor is registered and possessed in compliance with federal law and regulations.
Status: In Senate Committee on Judiciary on March 5: Subcommittee assignments: Courtney, Garrett, and Sodders.

Kansas S 357
Intro Date: 02/10/2014 
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License 
Summary: Relates to increasing the number of allowable hunter education deferrals.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 6. 
Intro Date: 03/06/2014
Sponsor: Senator Jimmy Higdon, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Voter Registration 
Summary: Relates to voter registration; requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to develop a procedure to inform applicants for licenses and permits of the means and methods to register to vote in the Commonwealth.
Status: To Senate Committee on State and Local Government on March 11.

Intro Date01/09/2014
Sponsor: Representative Peter Doak
Issue Brief: Wildlife Violators
SummaryAllows the Commissioner of Marine Resources to enter into an interstate wildlife violator compact and allows the commissioner to suspend or revoke fishing licenses for violations of marine resources law in other member states; increases the limit on the value of items seized by a marine patrol officer that need not be subject to judicial process; relates to sale of marine organisms.
Status: Eligible for Governor's desk on March 12.

Maryland H 1547
Intro Date: 03/07/2014
Sponsor: Representative Anthony O'Donnell, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus    
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to hunts licenses; relates to exemption for retired members of the armed forces.
Status: To House Committee on Environmental Matters on March 7.

Maryland H 1148
Intro Date: 03/07/2014
Sponsor: Representative Jay Jacobs
Issue Brief: General
Summary:Requires the Department of Natural Resources to conduct a study on the establishment of reporting requirements for the recreational striped bass fishery; requires the study to examine specified issues relevant to the reporting requirements; requires the Department to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and specified committees of the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2014.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 12.

Minnesota S 2531
Intro Date: 03/10/2014
Sponsor: Senator Matt Schmit   
Issue Brief: General
Summary:  Relates to natural resources; requires a native quail recovery plan.
Status: Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on March 10.   

Intro Date: 01/10/2014
Sponsor: Senator Giles Ward, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General 
Summary: Repeals date of the provision of law that authorizes the commission on wildlife, fisheries and parks to regulate the hunting of nonnative cervids in noncommercial wildlife enclosures; repeals date on the provision of law that grants the commission on wildlife, fisheries and parks and the department of wildlife.
Status: Died on Calendar on March 12.

Mississippi S 2145
Intro Date: 01/10/2014
Sponsor: Senator Giles Ward, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: Invasives  
Summary: Prohibit the transportation and relocation of live wild hogs.
Status: Died on Calendar on March 12.

Mississippi S 2146
Intro Date: 01/10/2014
Sponsor: Senator Giles Ward, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: Deer Management   
Summary:  Grants the commission on wildlife, fisheries and parks plenary authority to set the bag limits for white-tailed deer and promulgates any regulations necessary therefor, consistent with best management practices, scientific data and subject to applicable existing law, rules and regulations of this state or the United States of America.
Status: Died on Calendar on March 12.

Intro Date: 01/24/2014 
Sponsor: Representative Bubba Carpenter, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Invasive Species  
Summary: Prohibits the transportation or relocation of live wild hogs within the state; provides that the Laws shall not be construed to prohibit the transportation of domestic swine.
Status: To Conference Committee on March 6.

Missouri H 1852
Intro Date: 02/13/2014 
Sponsor: Representative Ron Hicks 
Issue Brief: 
Access to Private Lands
Summary: Allows a person on foot and without a firearm to retrieve a hunting dog on private land without permission of the owner.
Status: Public Hearing completed on March 11.
   
Intro Date: 01/08/2014
Sponsor:
Representative JR Hoell
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Permits a nonresident from a state that does not require a license to carry a loaded pistol or revolver to carry in New Hampshire; 14-2316 04/03.
Status:  From House Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety on March 7: Majority reported ought to pass with amendment; Minority reported ought not to pass.

New Jersey A 2785
Intro Date: 03/10/2014
Sponsor:
Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak
Issue Brief: General  
Summary: Provides for voluntary contributions by taxpayers on gross income tax returns for fish and wildlife management and conservation.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on March 10.

Ohio H 234

Intro Date: 07/17/2013

Sponsor: Representative Cheryl Grossman, Member, Ohio Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 

Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors  

Summary: Allows a person to use a noise suppressor attached to a gun while hunting game birds or wild quadrupeds.

Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Recommended as amended on March 12.

Oklahoma H 2691
Intro Date: 02/03/2014
Sponsor:
Representative Dennis Johnson  
Issue Brief: Range Protection  
Summary: Relates to crimes and punishments; relates to the Oklahomas Self Defense Act; provides immunity from civil liability for certain persons; provides an effective date.
 Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 11.

Pennsylvania S 895

Intro Date: 04/29/2013 

Sponsor: Senator Richard Alloway, Co-Chair, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes; further provides for organization of the state game commission; provides for membership, compensation and terms of office.

Status: To House Committee on Appropriations on March 11.

Pennsylvania H 798
Intro Date: 02/25/2013
Sponsor:
Representative Doyle Heffley  
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends Title 30 (Fish) of the Consolidated Statutes; further provides for organization of the fish and boat commission; amends the term of office for appointed members; amends provisions regarding reappointment to the commission.
Status: To Senate. Read third time. Passed Senate.To House for concurrence on March 11.

Rhode Island H 7858
Intro Date: 03/04/2014
Sponsor:
Representative Scott Guthrie
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands  
Summary: Would make it a felony to hunt deer on privately owned land without the written permission of the owner. This act would also make it a felony to make, set or use any trap or salt lick or other device to ensnare, entice, take, injure or kill a deer. This act would take effect upon passage.
Status: To House Committee on the Judiciary on March 4.

Intro Date: 03/04/2014
Sponsor: Representative Mike Pitts, Former President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucuses 
 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides the Department of Natural Resources the authority to promulgate regulations governing certain areas to establish seasons, dates, areas, bag limits, and other restrictions for hunting and taking wild turkey; relates to the Department of Natural Resources' regulation of the hunting of wild turkeys; revises the season for the hunting and taking of male wild turkeys; establishes South Carolina youth turkey hunting day; establishes bag limits for the taking of male wild turkeys.
Status: To Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry on March 11. 
Intro Date: 01/28/2014
Sponsor:
Senator Jason Frerichs
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to hunting of coyotes, raccoons treed by dogs, jackrabbits, beaver, skunks and rodents; authorizes the use of night vision equipment for hunting under certain conditions; relates to a landowner's property rights.
Status: To Governor on March 11.

Tennessee HJR 667
Intro Date: 02/05/2014 
Sponsor: Representative Ron Lollar  
Issue Brief: Budget
Summary: Urges United States fish and wildlife service to permit the state to count permanent senior citizens hunting & fishing license holders in annual license certification for purpose of qualifying for certain federal funding.
Status: In House. Read third time. Passed House. To Senate on March 10.
 
Virginia H 962
Intro Date: 01/08/2014
Sponsor:
Delegate Ben Cline  
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Relates to carrying concealed handgun; relates to secured container or compartment in vehicle; provides that for purposes of the exception to the prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon in a secured container or compartment in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel, the term compartment includes a console, glove compartment, or any other area within or on the vehicle or vessel that possesses the ability to be closed, but not necessarily locked.
Status: House rejects Governor's recommended amendments. Bill reverted to the original form. Returned to Governor on March 7.
  
West Virginia H 4286
Intro Date: 01/24/2014
Sponsor: Delegate Larry Williams  
Issue Brief: Deer Management  
Summary: Relates to the Captive Cervid Farming Act
Status: In Senate: Read 1st time on March 6.
Passed Senate, to House for Concurrence.
House refused to concur in Senate additional amendments on March 8. 
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