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 31, 2014     

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: To Governor on April 1.

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: Indefinitely postponed on April 1.

Intro Date: 03/11/2013
Sponsor: Senator Lynn Gattis 
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding 
Summary: Relates to auctions or raffles for big game harvest permits and to the selection of nonprofit organizations to conduct auctions and raffles for the Department of Fish and Game.
Status: Resources Committee substitute adopted on House floor  
on March 28.

Intro Date: 03/11/2014
Sponsor: Representative Paul Seaton  
Issue Brief: Invasive Species   
Summary: Relates to the rapid response to, and control of, aquatic invasive species and establishing the aquatic invasive species response fund
Status: From House Committee on Resources: Do pass with substitute.(8-0) on March 14.   
  
California S 1434
Intro Date: 02/21/2014
Summary:
Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to only apply for grants available to the state under the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act to fund eligible projects that are consistent with certain legislative findings and that fulfill one or more specified purposes. Requires the department to post a brief description of projects funded by moneys received from the federal act on its Internet Web site. Requires the department to consult with hunting advisory committees regarding any such project. 
Hearing: April 22, 9:00 am, State Capitol, Room 112
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on March 13.
Intro Date: 01/29/2014
Sponsor:
Assemblymember Tim Donnelly, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief:
Guns
Summary:
Requires the sheriff or heat of a municipal police department to issue a concealed firearm license if the applicant meets specified requirements. Specifies that good cause includes person protection or self-defense.
Status:
In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Public Safety on March 28.

California A 1709
Intro Date: 02/13/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief:
General License
Summary:
Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue a license to take any bird or mammal, upon payment of a base fee, to a resident or nonresident who is under 18 years of age on July 1 of the licensing year for which he or she seeks a license. Requires the department to issue a 2-day license to a nonresident who is 18 years of age or older upon payment of a base fee.
Hearing:
April 8, 9:00 am, State Capitol, Room 437
Status:
To Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on March 20.
 
California A 2105
Intro Date: 02/20/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Relates to tags, stamps, and licenses for the hunting of antelope, elk, deer, wild pigs, bear, and bighorn sheep upon payment of a fee. Requires the department to authorize a nonprofit organization designated by the department to assist in the sale of these tags to retain a percentage of the amount of the sale price of the tag, plus any applicable credit card fees. 
 Status: In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations on April 2.

California A 2205
Intro Date: 02/20/2014
Sponsor:
Assemblymember Tim Donnelly, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief:
General License 
Summary: Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife to make a specified report to the Fish and Game Commission on the status of bear populations, management, and related issues every 3 years. Requires the commission to authorize the use of dogs for the hunting of bears during open deer season. 
Hearing: April 29, time TBD 
Status: To Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on March 6.

Intro Date: 02/01/2014
Sponsor: Senator Bill Heath, Chair, NASC Executive Council, Member, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief:
General  
Summary: Relates to general provisions regarding hunting, authorizes the use of suppressors on hunting firearms under certain circumstances, provides for suspension of hunting privileges for persons who are convicted of hunting without landowner permission, hunts in an area that is closed to hunting, or hunting big game out of season or at night with a suppressor equipped firearm, provides for related matters, provides an effective date, repeals conflicting laws.  
Status: From House Committee on Game, Fish and Parks: Favorably reported as substituted on March 20. Intro Date: 01/21/2014
Sponsor: Representative David Knight, Co-Chair, 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: To Governor on March 26.

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: To Governor on March 24.

Idaho H 398
Intro Date: 01/22/2014
Sponsor: House Resources and Conservation Committee
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Amends 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: Signed by Governors Sportsmen's Caucus Member Governor Butch Otter

Kansas S 447
Intro Date: 03/20/2014
Sponsor: Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee 
Issue Brief:
Knife Definitions
Summary:
Relates to regulation of the possession of weapons
Status: Passed House. To Senate on April 2.

Louisiana H 353 
Intro Date: 3/10/2014
Sponsor: Representative Richard Burford
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Allows year-round day or night hunting of hogs on private property
Status: Passed House. To Senate on April 2.

Intro Date: 03/31/2014
Sponsor:
Representative Stuart Bishop
Issue Brief: General  
Summary: Imposes an additional fee on the sale of saltwater fishing licenses and dedicates the revenues
Status: To House Committee on Natural  Resources and  Environment on April 1.

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: Committee Report adopted on Senate floor on April 2. Second reading passed, to third reading.

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: Committee Report adopted on Senate floor on April 2. Second reading passed, to third reading.
 
Intro Date: 01/10/2014
Sponsor: Senator Phillip 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: Signed by the Governor on April 2.

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: Conference Committee Report adopted by Senate on April 11.

Intro Date: 01/24/2014
Sponsor: Representative Herb Frierson, Member, NASC Executive Council, Member Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General 
Summary: Makes an appropriation for the support and maintenance of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for the fiscal year 2015.  
Status: Conference Committee Report adopted by Senate on March 31. 

New Hampshire S 244
Intro Date: 1/08/2014
Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: NICS  
Summary: Requires the name of a person who has been adjudicated as not mentally competent to be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for the purpose of conducting a background check to determine eligibility to possess a firearm; the bill also establishes a procedure for such person to have his or her name removed from the NICS Index; 14-2665 04/10.
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on April 1.

New Hampshire S 389
Intro Date: 12/17/2014
Sponsor: Senator Jeff Woodburn, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Off Highway Vehicles  
Summary: Allows fish and game conservation officers to enforce the motor vehicle laws of the state in the operation of snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles, and off highway recreational vehicles; relates to trespass on posted land and transportation of firearms for hunting. 
Status: To House Committee on Fish and Game and Marine Resources on March 20.      

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: Signed by Governor. Chapter No. 57 [Effective Rule] on March 31.

New York A 4002

Intro Date: 01/30/2014
Sponsor: Assembly Member Vivian Cook
Issue Brief: Wildlife Violators
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; relates to the suspension of hunting and fishing licenses pursuant to the interstate wildlife violator compact.  
Status: To Assembly Committee on Codes on April 1.
Intro Date: 01/28/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick
Issue Brief: Anti 
Summary: Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to organize, conduct, promote or participate in any contest or competition where the objective of such contest or competition is to take the greatest number of wildlife.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Codes on April 1.

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: Passed House. To Senate on April 2.

Rhode Island H 7838

Intro Date: 03/04/2014

Sponsor: Representative Arthur Handy  

Issue Brief: Lead Ban  

Summary: Would require the use of nontoxic ammunition for hunting purposes whenever such ammunition is available. This act would take effect upon passage with an implementation date of July 1, 2017.

Status: Transferred to House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on April 2.
 
South Carolina S 1070
Intro Date: 03/04/2014
Sponsor: Senator George E. "Chip" Campsen, III, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
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: Passed Senate. To House on March 26.

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: Relates to the division of the state into game zones, small game seasons, small game bag limits, the open season for antlered deer, the bag limit on antlered deer, and bear hunting; decreases the number of game zones, revise the dates for the various small game seasons; revises the small game bag limits for the various game zones, revise the dates for the various antlered deer open season; relates to field trials in and permit for game zone nine.
Status:  From House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs: Reported favorably with amendment on April 1. 
 
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: Signed by Governor on April 2.

Virginia S 154

Intro Date: 01/01/2014

Sponsor: Senator Phillip Pucket

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting  

Summary: Relates to hunting on Sundays; allows hunting on Sundays under certain circumstances; provides that a person may hunt waterfowl, subject to restrictions imposed by the Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and a landowner and his immediate family or a person with written permission may hunt or kill any wild bird or wild animal, including nuisance species, if they hunt on the landowner's property; provides that however, the aforementioned hunting activities cannot occur within 200 yards.

Status: Signed by Governor on April 1. Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 482 [Effective Rule]

 
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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