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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April 21, 2014     

Introduced: 01/16/2014
Sponsor:
Representative David Gowan, President, Arizona Legislators for Wildlife
Issue Brief:
Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary:
Relates to hunting and fishing licenses; relates to military.
Status:
Chapter No. 93 on April 17.

Introduced: 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.
Status: In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations on April 21.

California A 2105
Introduced: 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: To Senate on April 21.

California A 2205
Introduced: 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, 8:30 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437
Status: In Assembly. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife on April 23.
 
Introduced: 02/21/2014
Sponsor: Senator Luis Wolk
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding, General
SummaryRequires the expenditure of all federal grant moneys made available to the state under the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act be consistent with the Act. Requires the Department of Fish and Wildlife 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.
Status: In Senate. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Water on April 22.
 
Colorado H 1180
Introduced: 01/29/2014
Sponsor: Representative KC Becker, Member, Colorado Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary:
Continues the regulation of hunting and fishing outfitters by the director of the Division of Professions and Occupations; implements the recommendations contained in the sunset report prepared by the Department of Regulatory Agencies; provides requirements for an individual to register as an outfitter with the director; requires liability insurance.
Status: To Senate Committee on Appropriations on April 22.   

Introduced: 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 to be administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; establishes a program to provide grants to municipalities for aquatic invasive species management efforts.
Status: Reported out of Legislative Commissioner's Office on April 24.

Introduced: 03/04/2014
Sponsor: Senator Charles Dean, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License, Hunter Ed
Summary: Provides that a boating safety course may be offered in a classroom or online; extends the expiration date of the pilot program for the regulation of mooring vessels;eliminates an exemption from boating safety education requirements for boating law violators;expands a county's authority to use moneys collected from vessel registration fees;relates to providing developmental disabilities services;clarifies the activities authorized under a military gold sportsman's license;relates to annual gear license fee.
Status: From Senate Committee on Appropriations: reported favorably on April 22.

Introduced: 03/04/2014
Sponsor: Representative Tom Goodson, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access Private Lands, General License, Hunter Ed
SummaryRelates to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; provides that a boating safety course may be offered in a classroom or online; requires the commission to submit a report related to the regulation of mooring vessels; eliminates an exemption from boating safety education requirements for boating law violators; expands a county's authorization to use moneys collected from vessel registration fees; clarifies the activities authorized under an annual military gold sportsman's license.
Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations on April 23.

Introduced: 01/17/2014
Sponsor: Representative Cindy Evans
Issue Brief: No-Net-Loss
SummaryEstablishes the Hunting Advisory Commission to advise on proposals to enhance and maintain the quantity and quality of public hunting areas; provides for membership.
Status: In Conference Committee: Meeting with reconvene on April 23.

 

Iowa H 499
Introduced: 03/11/2013
Sponsor: House Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Crossbows 
Summary: Directs the natural resource commission to adopt a rule permitting a resident to use a crossbow to hunt deer during the late season that is designated for taking deer by muzzle-loading rifle or pistol; provides that the commission shall prepare an application for a crossbow deer hunting license; provides that a person issued such a license must be otherwise qualified to hunt deer in this state and purchase a hunting license that includes the wildlife habitat fee and pay the one dollar fee.
Status: To Governor on April 22.

Introduced: 03/10/2014
Sponsor: Representative Christopher Leopold
Issue Brief: General
SummaryCreates the Louisiana Finfish Task Force within the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; prohibits compensation for appointees but authorizes reimbursement of expenses at the same rate as state employees; charges the task force with responsibility to coordinate efforts to increase production and marketability, study the decline in finfish marketability, assist in the development of a finfish inspection and branding program, and make recommendations to the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
Status: Reported from the Legislative Bureau without amendments on April 16.
 
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Sponsor: Representative Anne Gobi
Issue Brief: Crossbows
SummaryRelates to the use of crossbows in hunting.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture: Accompanied Study Order H 4055 on April 22.
 
Introduced: 01/08/2014
Sponsor: Representative Benjamin Lefebvre, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: College Student Hunting and Angling License
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: Passed Senate on April 17.

New Hampshire H 1579
Introduced: 01/08/2013
Sponsor:
Representative Steve Vaillancourt
Issue Brief: Animal Traps 
Summary: Prohibits the use of certain leghold or foothold traps for the taking of animals.
Status:  Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on April 17.
 
Introduced: 01/08/2014
Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
SummaryEstablishes a procedure to annul a mental health record and to have such record removed from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; establishes a commission to study firearms and mental health.
Status: From House Committee on Judiciary: ought not to pass on April 24.

Introduced: 02/03/2014
Sponsor: Representative Steve Vaughan, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryRelates to game and fish; relates to lifetime hunting and fishing licenses; adds residency requirement for a lifetime hunting or fishing license; relates to legal residents who intend to remain residents.
Status: Signed by Governor on April 22.
 
Introduced: 03/04/2014 
Sponsor: Representative 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: In House Committee on Judiciary: Committee recommends measure to be held for further study on April 17.
 
Introduced: 01/08/2014
Sponsor: Senator Richard H. Stuart
Issue Brief: General License, Hunter Ed, Hunting Dogs
SummaryProvides for a special license for hunting foxes on horseback with hounds but without firearms; provides that the license shall except the licensee from the hunter education requirement; provides that the fee shall be the same as any hunting license required under existing law; provides that such license shall not be required of any person holding a normal hunting license required under existing law.
Status: House accepts Governor's recommended amendments; Acts of Assembly. Chapter No. 798 on April 23.
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