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 29, 2014     

Introduced: 09/23/2014
Sponsor: Councilman Phil Mendelson
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary(Permanent Law) Amends, on an emergency basis, the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 to permit individuals to register a firearm for self-defense in their place of business, to provide a Freedom of Information Act exception, to specify application requirements for applying to carry a concealed pistol, to specify the duration of such licenses and certain requirements for renewal, to outline duties of licensees, to provide for revocation, to create a criminal offense, and for other purposes.
Status: To Mayor on September 26.

Introduced: 02/28/2013
Sponsor: Representative George N. Peterson, Member, Massachusetts House Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
SummaryRelates to constitutional rights; provides that no county, municipality, township or other community entity within the Commonwealth may enact, pass or enforce any law, ordinance or regulation concerning the lawful ownership, use, possession, transfer, purchase, receipt or transportation of firearms, antique firearms, ammunition or ammunition components.
Status: From Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security: Accompanied Study Order H 4490 on September 24.

Introduced: 09/23/2014
Sponsor: Representative Peter MacGregor, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General, Conservation Tax Incentive
SummaryExempts real property of a sportsmen club that dedicates its facilities for charitable purposes for a certain period of time each year.
Status: To House Committee on Tax Policy on September 23.

Introduced: 01/30/2013
Sponsor: Senator Mike Green, Alternate Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council; and Co-Chair, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentive
SummaryExempts certain conservation easements from property tax.
Status: In House. To second reading on September 17.

Introduced: 05/06/2014
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProhibits use of drones to interfere with or harass another individual who is hunting.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on September 24.

Introduced: 05/06/2014
Sponsor: Senator Phil Pavlov, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProhibits use of aerial drones for taking game.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on September 24.

Introduced: 09/24/2014
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General, License
SummaryProvides for discounts on nonresident hunting licenses under certain circumstances.
Status: The Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on September 24.

 

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: Signed by Governor. Chapter No. 375 on September 23.

 

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: Signed by Governor. Chapter No. 378 on September 23.

 

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: Passed House on September 24.

 

South Dakota H 1012

Introduced: 01/14/2014

Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans 

SummaryProvides for free resident fishing licenses for certain entities teaching basic fishing skills; relates to war veteran groups and events for persons with disabilities; provides reduced rates for persons over age 65 years of age.

Status: Session Law. Chapter No. 200 on September 25.

 

South Dakota H 1014

Introduced: 01/14/2014

Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee

Issue Brief: General, License

SummaryIncreases the nonrefundable application fee for resident bighorn sheep, mountain goat, and elk hunting licenses.

Status: Session Law. Chapter No. 199 on September 25.

 

South Dakota H 1076

Introduced: 01/22/2014

Sponsor: Representative Lee Qualm

Issue Brief: Angling Access

SummaryRevises aggregate daily limits requirements relating to party fishing from a single watercraft; includes fishing from on shore and on ice as a group.

Status: Session Law. Chapter No. 204 on September 25.

 

South Dakota H 1110

Introduced: 01/28/2014

Sponsor: Representative Melissa Magstadt

Issue Brief: General, License

SummaryRevises certain provisions regarding the definition of a resident for the purposes of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses; permits an absence due to a person's regular attendance in a medical or dental residency program.

Status: Session Law. Chapter No. 197 on September 25.

 

South Dakota H 1129

Introduced: 01/28/2014

Sponsor: Representative Don Kopp

Issue Brief: General

SummaryProhibits the use of certain explosive targets in the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District.

Status: Session Law. Chapter No. 172 on September 25.

 

South Dakota H 1185

Introduced: 01/30/2014

Sponsor: Representative Dick Werner

Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans

SummaryAllows certain veterans and family members of residents to obtain nonresident waterfowl hunting privileges, and to establish a penalty for violations.

Status: Session Law. Chapter No. 198 on September 25.

 

South Dakota H 1229

Introduced: 02/04/2014

Sponsor: Representative Timothy Johns

Issue Brief: NICS

SummaryProvides for reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; relates to mental illness and reporting of persons acquitted of a crime by reason of insanity; relates to persons prohibited from possessing firearms; relates to petitions for restoration of rights; provides that upon restoration, the court shall enter the order to possess a firearm and direct a report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that the petitioner is no longer prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Status: Session Law. Chapter No. 113 on September 25.

 

South Dakota S 104

Introduced: 01/28/2014

Sponsor: Senator Jason Frerichs

Issue Brief: General

SummaryRelates to hunting of coyotes, raccoons treed by dogs, jackrabbits, beaver, skunks and rodents; authorizes the use of night vision equipment for hunting under certain conditions; relates to a landowner's property rights.

Status: Session Law. Chapter No. 201 on September 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 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