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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Updates For the Week of  

March 17, 2014     

Intro Date: 01/21/2014
Sponsor: Senator Gerald Allen
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates to licensing of persons for the trapping of fur-bearing animals; provides for resident and nonresident trapping licenses and fees; deletes the use of plastic tags on traps; requires a license for trapping beaver; deletes the requirement that the license number of the owner of a trap be contained on any tag.
Status: Signed by Governor; Act No. 2014-181 on March 18.
 
Intro Date: 01/16/2014
Sponsor: Arizona Legislators for Wildlife President Representative David Gowan
Issue Brief: Senior Vets
SummaryRelates to hunting and fishing licenses; relates to military.
Status: From Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Rural Affairs: do pass on March 19.  

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: On Senate calendar No. 59 on March 18.

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: Re-issued by Legislative Commissioner Office with File No. 66 on March 19. 

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: Re-issued by Legislative Commissioners Office with File  No. 44 on March 19. 

Intro Date: 12/12/2013
Sponsor: Councilmember Phil Mendelson
Issue Brief: Microstamping
Summary: (Temporary Law) Amends, on a temporary basis, the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 to extend to January 1, 2016 the date for implementation of the microstamping requirement for semiautomatic pistols.
Status: Assigned Law Number 93 on March 11.

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 Appropriations Subcommittee on March 18.

Intro Date: 01/17/2014
Sponsor: Representative Cindy Evans
Issue Brief: No-Net-Loss
SummaryRequires the Department of Land and Natural Resources to make reasonable efforts to prevent the loss, destruction, or degradation of public hunting areas and, if possible, to preserve hunting land within specified public hunting areas; requires the department to make efforts to acquire lands to replace certain unavailable land; establishes a hunting advisory commission.
Status: In Senate Committee on Water and Land: Voted do pass with amendment on March 19.

Intro Date: 01/22/2014
Sponsor: House Resources and Conservation Committee
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryAmends existing law to provide for discounted license fees; authorizes a discount in fees to encourage hunting, fishing; trapping; encourages purchase of licenses in consecutive years; encourages the purchase of multiple tags and permits.
Status: Passed Senate on March 18.

Intro Date: 02/06/2014
Sponsor: House Resources and Conservation Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends existing law to provide that certain controlled hunt permits may also be issued for bear and turkey; provides that wildlife subject to special depredation hunts shall now include bear and turkey.
Status: Signed by Governor on March 17.

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: From House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Recommended as amended on March 19.
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: Reported favorably on March 18.
 
Intro Date: 02/11/2014
Sponsor: Representative James Kay
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentives
SummaryRelates to tax credits promoting land conservation; establishes a qualified conservation contribution income tax credit; provides for the ordering of the credit; includes the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board in the development of qualification for certification of qualified real property interests; includes the pace board in the development of qualifications for certification of qualified real property interests.
Status: From House Committee on Banking and Insurance: Reported favorably on March 18.

Intro Date: 3/10/2014
Sponsor: Representative Eddie J. Lambert, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAssigns to the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission management responsibility for sustainability of freshwater and saltwater fisheries.
Status: From House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment: reported favorably on March 19.

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: Signed by Governor and made Public Law No. 468 on March 13.

Intro Date: 01/24/2014
Sponsor: Delegate Wendell R. Beitzel, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Alternate, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
SummaryRelates to allegany county, garrett county, and washington county; relates to Sunday hunting.
Status: Second reading in House passed with amendments. To third reading on March 14.

Intro Date: 01/24/2014
Sponsor: Delegate Wendell R. Beitzel, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Alternate, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Relates to allegany county, garrett county, and washington county; relates to deer hunting; relates to Sundays.
Status: Second reading in House passed with amendments. To third reading on March 14.
 
Intro Date: 02/07/2014
Sponsor: Delegate Pamela Beidle, Member, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access
Summary: Relates to Program Open Space sites; relates to public access.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on March 14.
 
Intro Date: 02/03/2014
Sponsor: Calvert County Delegation
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Relates to Calvert county; relates to deer hunting; relates to Sundays.
Status: To Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs on March 18.

Intro Date: 03/17/2014
Sponsor: Representative William M. Straus
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes bow and arrow hunting on Sundays.
Status: Filed as House Docket 3469 on March 18.

Intro: 03/03/2014
Sponsor: Senator Foung Hawj
Issue Brief: Anti
SummaryRelates to game and fish; modifies wolf management provisions; provides limits on wolf baiting; provides for temporary suspension of wolf hunt.
Status: From Senate Committee on State and Local Government: Do pass as amended; and re-referred to Senate Committee on Finance on March 19.

Intro Date: 02/17/2014
Sponsor: Representative Herb Frierson, Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
SummaryMakes an appropriation for the support and maintenance of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for the fiscal year 2015.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on March 18.

Intro Date: 01/20/2014
Sponsor: Seantor Philip Moran, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Outdoor Sport Tax Holiday
Summary: Amends section 27-65-111, Mississippi code of 1972, to exempt from sales taxation retail sales of firearms, ammunition, hunting supplies and fishing supplies when sold during the annual Mississippi sportsman weekend beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in September and ending at 12:00 midnight on the following Sunday.
Status: Passed House. To Senate for concurrence on March 18.

Intro Date: 01/08/2014
Sponsor: Representative Benjamin Lefebvre, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Senior Vets
Summary: Provides that nonresident full-time students at a public or private high school, postgraduate program, or post-secondary educational institution in this state may purchase a hunting and fishing license at the fee charged to residents for the license.
Status: To Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 13.
 
Intro Date: 03/17/2014
Sponsor: Senator Steven V. Oroho, Co-Chair, New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus
Issue Brief: General; Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes Sunday bow hunting on federal military installations.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on March 17.
 
Intro Date: 03/17/2014
Sponsor: Senator Steven V. Oroho, Co-Chair, New Jersey Angling and Hunting Conservation Caucus
Issue Brief: No-Net-Loss
Summary: Provides for no net loss of Department of Environmental Protection lands for fishing, hunting, and trapping purposes.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on March 17.
 
Intro Date: 02/27/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember Joseph Lagana
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Defines reasonable deviations in the course of transporting firearms.
Status: From Assembly Committee on Law and Public Safety on March 13.

Intro Date: 01/21/2014
Issue Brief: Crossbows; Multi-year licenses
Summary: Enacts into law major components of legislation necessary to implement the transportation, economic development and environmental conservation budget for the 2014-2015 state fiscal year to include highway and bridge funding, design-building projects, motor vehicle fees, outdoor advertising, commercial driver medical certification, pesticide registration, hunting and fishing guides, gas and electric corporation and cable television company assessments, insurance closers and adjusters and claims.
Status: Amended in Senate Committee on Finance on March 14.
 
Intro Date: 03/14/2013
Sponsor: Senator Thomas W. Libous, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Eliminates the expiration of, and makes permanent, provisions of law authorizing an individual to fish with up to 3 lines in freshwater.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on March 18.
 
Intro Date: 05/01/2013
Sponsor: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentives
Summary: Amends the real property tax law; relates to establishing a conservation easement agreement exemption in a town having a certain population based upon the latest decennial federal census.
Status: From Senate Committee on Local Government on March 18.
 
Intro Date: 01/14/2014
Sponsor: Senator Mike Bell, Caucus Chair, Tennessee Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates to Sunset Laws; extends the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Status: Signed by Governor on March 17.
 
Intro Date: 01/27/2014
Sponsor: Representative Mike Noel
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryAmends provisions relating to Licenses, Permits, and Tags, by modifying hunting and fishing license expiration date provisions.
Status: To Governor on March 19.

Intro Date: 01/29/2014
Sponsor: Senator Ralph Okerlund
Issue Brief: General License; Hunter Education
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Resources Code; allows a person to obtain hunting licenses or permits without complying with hunter education requirements if the person presents proof of an approved hunter education course; relates to licensure in anther state; provides rulemaking authority; makes technical changes.
Status: Enrolled on March 18.

Intro Date: 01/08/2014
Sponsor: Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
SummaryRelates to concealed handgun permits; relates to records; provides that a prohibition on public disclosure of information shall not apply to any reference to the issuance of a concealed handgun permit in any order book before a specified date; provides that any other concealed handgun records maintained by the clerk of court shall be withheld from public disclosure; directs circuit court clerks to issue replacement permits to permit holders who undergo a lawful name change.
Status: Acts of Assembly, Chapter No. 16 on February 27.

Intro Date: 01/14/2014
Sponsor: Delegate H.F. Buddy Fowler
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
Summary: Relates to apprentice hunters; allows persons holding an apprentice hunting license to hunt unsupervised if they have successfully completed a hunter education course.
Status: Signed by Governor; Acts of Assembly, Chapter No. 244 on March 17.

Intro Date: 01/08/2014
Sponsor: Senator Jeff McWaters
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to terms of hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses and permits; allows the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to issue hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses valid for one year from a future effective date.
Status: Signed by Governor; Acts of Assembly, Chapter No. 255 on March 17.
  
West Virginia H 4301 
Intro Date: 01/24/2014
Sponsor: Delegate Jeff Eldridge
Issue Brief: Fishing Reciprocity; General License
Summary: Relates to hunting, trapping and fishing licenses; permits limited reciprocal use of hunting and fishing licenses with states which share river borders with the state.
Status: To Governor on March 17. 
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For additional information on legislation included in this report please contact the appropriate representative: 

 

Southeastern States Manager Bee Frederick, at 334.593.6988, or email bee@sportsmenslink.org

 

Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email chris@sportsmenslink.org

 

Northeastern States Director Brent Miller, at 202.543.6850 x 13, or email brent@sportsmenslink.org

 

Western States Manager Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email andy@sportsmenslink.org