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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September 15, 2014     

Introduced: 12/20/2012
Sponsor: Senator Kevin De Leon
Issue Brief: Guns
SummaryRequires the Attorney General to maintain copies of ammunition purchase permits, ammunition transactions and ammunition vendor licenses. Requires identity verification. Exempts gun shows from ammunition sales location requirements. Relates to the Prohibited Armed Persons File. Provides enhancements to the background check system. Authorizes peace officers to disseminate names of purchasers who are subjects of protective orders to domestic violence victims. Provides for a victim of domestic violence card.
Status: In Assembly. Read third time. Failed to pass Assembly on August 30.

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 of Fish and Wildlife to authorize a nonprofit organization designated to assist in the sale of these tags to retain a percentage of the amount of the sale price of the tag. Requires the submission of the remainder of the total sale price of the tag to the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Status: To Governor on August 29.

Introduced: 06/17/2014
Sponsor: Senator David McBride
Issue Brief: Enforcement
SummaryDeclassifies minor violations associated with wildlife, hunting, fishing and boating by changing them from environmental misdemeanors to environmental violations that will not be reported on criminal history records but will be retained to ensure that second offenses and higher penalties are pursued when appropriate; includes licensed fur dealers, shooting from a vehicle, boat or farm machinery, use of a silencer, trespassing, possession of protected wildlife, muskrats, terrapin eggs and sale of food fish.
Status: Signed by Governor. Chapter Number 421 on September 2.


New York A 9927

Introduced: 05/29/2014

Sponsor: Assembly Rules Committee

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 the 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: To Governor on September 11.


New York S 3884

Introduced: 02/26/2013

SponsorSenator Kenneth P. LaValle

Issue Brief: General

SummaryAmends the Environmental Conservation Law; limits commercial or recreational taking of sharks to the use of non-stainless non-offset circle hooks.

Status: To Governor on September 11.


North Dakota 9 2014

Qualified: 09/09/2014

Issue Brief: Angling Access, Conservation Funding

SummaryProposes an amendment to the Constitution creating the Clean Water, Wildlife, and Parks Trust and the Clean Water, Wildlife, and Parks Fund to be financed by five percent of the revenues from the State's share of oil extraction taxes.

Status: Placed on Ballot for 11/04/2014 election.


Pennsylvania HR 988

Introduced: 09/15/2014

Sponsor: Representative Marc Gergely, Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council, and Co-Chair, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

SummaryRecognizes the 25th anniversary of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.

Status: Introduced on September 15.


Pennsylvania H 2230

Introduced: 05/01/2014

Sponsor: Representative Gregory Lucas, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

SummaryAmends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for unlawful devices and methods.

Status: In House. Laid on table on September 10.


Pennsylvania S 1449

Introduced: 08/25/2014

Sponsor: Senator Richard Alloway, Co-Chair, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Guns

SummaryAmends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, providing for firearms permitted in vehicles.

Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on August 25.

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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


Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email


Northeastern States Director Brent Miller, at 202.543.6850 x 13, or email


Western States Manager Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email