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, angling, recreational 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  

June 16, 2014     

Introduced: 02/21/2014
Sponsor: Senator Lois Wolk
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding, General
Summary: Requires 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: From Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife: Do pass to Committee on Appropriations on June 17.

Introduced: 02/13/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus, Assemblymember Frank Bigelow, Member, 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 Senate. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Natural Resources and Water on June 17. 
 
California A 2105
Introduced: 02/20/2014
Sponsor: Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Co-Chair, California Outdoor Sporting Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Hearing: 06/26/2014 10:00 am, John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)
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 Senate. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Committee on Appropriations on June 17.
 
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:
 Signed by Governor in June 11. Public Act No. 14-170 [Effective Rule].  

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:
Signed by Governor on June 12. Public Act No. 14-201 [Effective Rule]. 

Delaware H 348
Introduced: 05/15/2014
Sponsor: Representative
Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding  
Summary: Allows the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to issue numbered surf fishing vehicle plates; provides the plates may be sold or auctioned for a fee.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on June 18.

Introduced: 03/04/2014
Sponsor: Representative Tom Goodson, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access Private Lands, General License, Hunter Ed
Summary: Relates 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: Signed by Governor on June 13. Filed as Chapter No. 2014-136 [Effective Rule]. 

Louisiana S 662
Intro Date: 04/01/2014 
Sponsor: Senator Dale Erdey, Member, Louisiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits hunting or taking of game birds and wild quadrupeds while riding or standing in or upon a moving land vehicle or aircraft. 
Status: Signed by Governor on June 4. Act No. 477 [Effective Rule]. 
 
Intro Date: 03/10/2014 
Sponsor: Representative Sherman Mack
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Declares that fox pen hunting is part of the folk life heritage of the state and should be preserved in order to help maintain the folk life culture. 
Status: Signed by Governor on June 9. Act No. 552 [Effective Rule]. 
   
Intro Date:12/05/2013
Issue Brief: Wildlife Violators 
Summary: Authorizes the Commonwealth to enter into an interstate compact for the enforcement of certain wildlife protection laws. 
Status: Passed Senate. To House on June 19. 
 
Intro Date: 02/18/2013
Sponsor: Representative Ruth Balser 
Issue Brief: No-Net-Loss
Summary: Protects from net loss public lands or easements taken or acquired for natural resource 
Status: To House Committee on Way and Means on June 16. 

Intro Date: 02/18/2013
Sponsor: Representative Anne Gobi 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes the use of shotguns during bear hunting season
Status: In House. Ordered to third reading on June 18. 
 

Intro Date: 2/18/2013
Sponsor: Representative John Binienda
Issue Brief: Senior Vets
Summary: Provides that certain disabled veterans be exempt from inland fisheries and game fees
Status: From Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs: Accompanied Study Order S 2167 on June 5.

Massachusetts H 4114
Introduced: 5/27/2014
Sponsor: House Ways and Means Committee
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes the use of bow and arrows for Sunday deer hunting. 
Status: Passed House. To Senate on June 4. 
 
Intro Date:10/10/2013  
Sponsor: Representative Darwin Booher, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General  
Summary: Allows salvaging of wildlife game killed by a vehicle; amends the natural resources and environmental protection act; requires a written record of the name, date, location and whether the person requested a salvage tag; provides in a collision with a motor vehicle, the driver of the motor vehicle has first priority to take possession of the game.
Status: Senate concurred in House amendments. (38-0). Order enrolled on June 12.
 
Intro Date: 06/04/2014  
Sponsor: Representative Robert Kosowski. Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General 
Summary: Prohibits the use of aerial drones to take game. 
 

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: Enrolled Bill Amendment on June 16. 
 

New Hampshire H 256

Intro Date: 01/03/13

Sponsor: Representative Gene Chandler, Co-Chair, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Retained in Committee for Second Year Action
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: Enrolled Bill Amendment on June 17. 

 

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: Signed by Governor on June 11. Chapter No. 2014-96 [Effective Rule].

Intro Date: 02/05/2013
Sponsor: Senator James Seward, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Animal Traps 
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; exempts traps set in water from the requirement that they be visited once every 24 hours; such traps shall be visited once every 48 hours or a Shorter interval as determined by the department of environmental conservation. 
Status: Passed Senate, to Assembly. To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on June 11. 

Intro Date: 02/05/2013 
Sponsor: Senator Kenneth LaValle 
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting 
Summary: Provides that the hunting season in Westchester County shall not include Saturdays or Sundays and shall not commence earlier than during the first full week in January; allows towns in Suffolk county to waive the requirements of a deer permit and provides that deer may be taken by long bow in Suffolk county
Status:Substituted by A 8822 on June 19.  

Intro Date: 01/09/2013 

Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  

Issue Brief: American System of Conservation Funding  

Summary: Directs the commissioner of environmental conservation to create gift cards for hunting and fishing licenses  

  

Intro Date: 01/24/2013
Sponsor: Assembly Member Michelle Schimel 
Issue Brief: Microstamping
Summary: Amends the Penal Law; requires semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in this state to be capable of microstamping ammunition; establishes fines for violations of this requirement and provides for an affirmative defense if the dealer had a certification from the manufacturer that such pistol is microstamp-ready.   
Status: From Assembly Committee on Rules on June 9.

Intro Date: 01/24/2013
Sponsor: Assembly Member Fred Thiele Jr. 
Issue Brief: General 
Summary: Allows fish to be taken by spear or speargun in the marine and coastal district only for recreational purposes; requires a speargun to be submerged when used to take fish; provides that no food fish may be taken by spear or speargun within one hundred yards of a public bathing area
Status: Passed Senate on June 17. 
 
Intro Date: 05/29/2014
Issue Brief: Invasive Species 
Summary: Directs the Department of Environmental Conservation to design and establish universal signage to be posted at any access point to the navigable waters of the state relating to the threat and mitigation of aquatic invasive species in the waters of state; directs the Department to provide the universal signage on its website in a downloadable format; requires owners of public boat launches to conspicuously post the universal sign at each public boat launch in the state.
Status: Passed Senate on June 19. 

Intro Date: 05/15/2014
Sponsor: Senator Harry Brown 
Issue Brief: Budget Bills 
Summary: Modifies the current operations and capital improvements appropriations act of 2013 and for other purposes
Status: In Senate. Senate failed to concur in House committee substitute on June 16. 

  

Intro Date: 04/07/2014
Sponsor: Senator Richard Kasunic
Issue Brief: Drones
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for the definition of unmanned aircraft, in game or wildlife protection; provides for disturbance of game or wildlife, in hunting and furtaking; provides for interference with lawful taking of wildlife or other activities permitted by this title prohibited.
Status: In Senate. Read first time on June 11. 

  

Intro Date: 04/07/2014
Sponsor: Senator Richard Kasunic
Issue Brief: Drones
Summary: Amends Title 30 (Fish) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for the definition of unmanned aircraft; in enforcement, further provides for interference with lawful fishing and boating prohibited.
Status: In Senate. Read first time on June 11.  

  

Intro Date: 04/09/2013
Sponsor: Assembly Member Gary Haluska, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Senior Vets, Crossbows 
Summary:  Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in preliminary provisions; further provides for definitions; in special licenses and permits; further provides for disabled person hunting permits; amends provisions regarding bows.  
Status: In Senate. Read first time on June 11. 

Intro Date: 
04/09/2013
Sponsor: Representative Matt Gabler. Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: 
General License 
Summary: 
Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, reenacting and further providing for elk hunting licenses; abrogates a regulation.
Status: In Senate. Read second time on June 16.

South Carolina S 986
Introduced: 4/01/2014
Sponsor: Senator George E. "Chip" Campsen, III, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Animal Traps, General 
Summary: Increases the penalties for hunting, fishing, or trapping on any land without the consent of the owner or manager and provides the magistrates court concurrent jurisdiction to hear first and second offenses; amends the point system for violations relating to trespassing to hunt, fish or trap.   
Status: Signed by Governor on June 6. 

Introduced: 5/20/2014
Sponsor: Senate Fish, Game and Forestry
Summary: Approves regulations of the Department of Natural Resources; relates to seasons, limits, methods of take and special use restrictions on wildlife management area
Status: Signed into law without the Governor's signature on June 11.
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