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 28, 2014     


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. 
Status: In Assembly on Water Parks and Wildlife on April 29. Failed Passage.  
 
Introduced: 01/29/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember Tim Donnelly, Member, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus 
Issue Brief: Guns 
Summary: Requires the Department of Justice to issue a license to carry a handgun concealed upon the person, if certain requirements are met and fees paid. Specifies the information required and displayed on the license and fees. Provides that the license would be valid for a certain time period from issuance, unless canceled or revoked. Creates a misdemeanor for submission of false information on a license application, and a felony for submission of false statements on a license application. 
Status: In Assembly Committee on Public Safety on April 29. Failed passage.  
 
Colorado H 1275
Introduced: 02/10/2014
Sponsor: Representative Crisanta Duran
Issue Brief:  Range Protection  
Summary: Authorizes the parks and wildlife commission to purchase property to build a multi-use shooting facility using appropriated funds, non-appropriated grant funds, or federal moneys
Status: In Senate. Read second time and committee amendment adopted on April 29. To third reading.  

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: In Senate.Laid on table, refer to H955 on May 1.

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: In Senate. Placed on Third Reading on May 1.

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: Signed by Governor on April 29.

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: Signed by Governor on April 25.

Intro Date: 01/07/2014
Sponsor:
Representative Kenny Imes, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Appreciation in School 
Summary: Encourages the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, local school districts, and schools to voluntarily promote trapshooting as a high school sport.
Status: Signed by Governor on April 25.

Louisiana S 119
Intro Date: 03/10/2014 
Sponsor: Senator Francis Thompson, Co-Chair, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: Deer Management  
Summary: Relates to the licensure and regulation of certain farm-raised exotic animals; authorizes the commissioner to adopt rules regarding fencing requirements; provides for an increase in civil penalties.  
Status: Passed House on April 30.

Louisiana H 186

Intro Date: 02/17/2014 
Sponsor: Representative Cameron Henry, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors  
Summary: Provides for the use of sound suppressors in hunting.
Status: Reported from the Legislative Bureau without amendments on April 30.
 
Louisiana H 1072
Intro Date: 03/27/2014 
Sponsor: Representative Jack Montoucet, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus   
Issue Brief: Senior Vets  
Summary: Provides for reduced hunting and fishing license fees for certain retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces
Status: Reported from the Legislative Bureau without amendments on April 30.

Louisiana H 913
Introduced: 03/10/2014
Sponsor: Representative Christopher Leopold
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Creates 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: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on April 30.
 
Massachusetts H 711
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Sponsor: Representative Anne Gobi
Issue Brief: General  
Summary: Authorizes the use of shotguns during bear hunting season.
Status:To Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on April 24.

Massachusetts H 713
Introduced: 02/18/2014
Sponsor: Representative Anne Gobi
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Relates to the use of crossbows in hunting.
Status: From Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on April 22. 

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: Signed by Governor on April 23.

Intro Date: 01/24/2014
Sponsor: Representative Herb Frierson, Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council, Member, Mississippi 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: Signed Governor on April 23.

New Hampshire H 256
Intro Date: 01/03/2013
Sponsor: Representative Gene Chandler, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding  
Summary: Provides funding for the fish and game search and rescue fund by establishing a $10 surcharge on all fines issued for fish and game law violations and establishing a minimum flat fee for individuals who were the object of a search and rescue response, unless the individual possesses a current hunting or fishing license, an OHRV, snowmobile, or boat registration, or a voluntary hike safe card issued by the department and establishing a voluntary hike safe card.
Status: From Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on April 24: Ought to pass with amendment.
 
New York S 292
Intro Date: 01/09/2013
Sponsor: Senator Mark Grisanti, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Protects certain information on hunting, fishing and trapping license and permit applications from disclosure.
Status: From Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on April 29.

Intro Date: 01/09/2013
Sponsor: Senator Greg Ball, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
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: From Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on April 29.

New York A 4002

Intro Date: 01/30/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember 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 Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on April 28.  
 
South Carolina S 1177
Intro Date: 04/01/2014
Sponsor: Senator Greg Gregory  
Issue Brief: General 
Summary: Relates to the establishment, operation, and maintenance of wildlife management areas; provides that certain acts or conduct that are prohibited may be allowed by regulation, that these acts or conduct are prohibited on state lakes and ponds owned or leased by the department and heritage preserves owned by the department.
Status: Passed Senate. To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on April 29.
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