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.
 


Working with  
State Legislators
Updates For the Week of  

November 3, 2014     

Qualification: 04/25/2014
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Proposes an amendment to the Constitution; provides that every citizen has a fundamental right to bear arms and that any restriction on this right would be subject to strict scrutiny; provides that no international treaty or law shall prohibit, limit, or otherwise interfere with a citizen's fundamental right to bear arms.
Status: Unofficially approved by voters on November 4

Qualification: 04/03/2014
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProposes an amendment to the Constitution; clarifies that the people have the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife subject to reasonable regulations that promote conservation and management of fish and wildlife; preserves the future of hunting and fishing; provides that this amendment shall be known as the Sportsperson's Bill of Rights.
Status: Unofficially approved by voters on November 4

Qualification: 01/09/2014
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRequires the legislature to approve large-scale metallic sulfide mines in the Bristol Bay Fishery by passing a law.
Status: Unofficially approved by voters on November 4

Qualification: 04/16/2013
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProposes a constitutional amendment to include legislative review and approval of changes to state agencies' administrative rules.
Status: Unofficially approved by voters on November 4

Qualification: 01/17/2014
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProposes an amendment to the constitution to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands, fish and wildlife habitat, water resources and drinking water sources, and the water quality of rivers, lakes and streams, beaches, and shores, outdoor recreational lands, working farms and ranches, and historic geologic sites.
Status: Unofficially approved by voters on November 4

Qualification: 06/07/2013
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding
SummaryProposes an amendment to the Constitution; relates to the creation of the Artificial Reef Development Fund; provides for the sources and uses of monies in the fund; provides conditions and requirements.
Status: Unofficially approved by voters on November 4

Qualification: 06/04/2013
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProposes an amendment to the Constitution; provides relative to the membership of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission; provides relative to members of such commission.
Status: Unofficially rejected by voters on November 4

Qualification: 08/01/2014
Issue Brief: Animal Traps, General, Hunting Dogs
Summary: Prohibits the use of dogs, bait or traps when hunting bears, except under certain circumstances.
Status: Unofficially rejected by voters on November 4

Qualification: 12/28/2012
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for a referendum on Public Act 520, a law that allows the state to establish wolf hunting season in the Upper Peninsula.
Status: Unofficially rejected by voters on November 4

Qualification: 05/06/2014
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for a veto referendum on 2013 PA 21, a law that allows the Natural Resources Commission to directly designate game species and determine hunting seasons.
Status: Unofficially rejected by voters on November 4

Qualification: 02/16/2014
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProposes to amend the Constitution of 1890 by adding a new section to establish the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife as a constitutional right.
Status: Unofficially approved by voters on November 4

Prefiled: 11/03/2014
Sponsor: Senate Committee on Natural Resources
Issue Brief: General
SummaryEnacts provisions to protect natural resource and wildlife distribution data.
Status: Filed on November 3.

 

North Dakota 5 2014

Qualification: 09/09/2014

Issue Brief: 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: Unofficially rejected by voters on November 4

 

Pennsylvania H 2178

Introduced: 04/14/2014

Sponsor: Representative Dan Moul, Member, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Enforcement

SummaryAmends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in enforcement; provides for powers and duties of waterways conservation officers and deputies and the powers and duties of enforcement officers; relates to an exception on the prohibition of interception and disclosure of communications

Status: Signed by Governor. Act No. 2014-202 on October 31.

 

Washington Initiative Measure 594

Qualification: 01/22/2014

Issue Brief: NICS

SummaryExtends criminal and public safety background checks to all gun sales or transfers.

Status: Unofficially approved by voters on November 4

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Working with Congress, Governors and State Legislatures to protect and advance hunting, recreational shooting, fishing and trapping.

 

 

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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