Tracking The Capitols
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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January 5, 2015 

Introduced: 12/16/2014
Sponsor: Chairman Phil Mendelson
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: (Emergency Act) 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; provides a Freedom of Information Act exception; specifies application requirements for applying for a license to carry a concealed pistol; specifies the duration of such licenses and requirements for renewal of licenses; establishes duties of licensees; provides for revocation of licenses; provides penalties.
Status: To Mayor on January 2

Introduced: 06/04/2014
Sponsor: Representative Diane St. Onge
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary(HB 13) Relates to preserving the right of Kentuckians to own and use firearms.
Status: Assigned House Bill No. 13 on January 6

Introduced: 10/07/2014
Sponsor: Senator John Schnickel, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary(SB 24) Relates to fishing license exemptions; exempt landowners, their spouses, dependent children, and tenants and their dependent children from the requirement of procuring a sport fishing license if they are taking fish from private waters on lands of which they are bona fide owners.
Status: Assigned Senate Bill No. 24 on January 6

Introduced: 12/10/2014
Sponsor: Senator Robin Webb, Co-Chair, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, and National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses President
Issue Brief: General, Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary(SB 38) Relates to the obstruction of the lawful taking of wildlife; prohibits the use of a drone to disrupt lawful hunting, trapping, or fishing; defines drone.
Status: Assigned Senate Bill No. 38 on January 6

Introduced: 11/12/2013
Sponsor: Representative Peter MacGregor, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAuthorizes the Department of Natural Resources to convey property in Kent County; prescribes conditions for the conveyance; provides for the disposition of the revenue from the conveyance.
Status: To Governor on January 5

Introduced: 12/12/2013
Sponsor: Representative Andrea LaFontaine, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAmends the Food Law; revises provisions regarding the processing of sausage products; provides for the requirements for wild game sausage; provides that such sausage shall be identified by the species contained in the product; provides that such sausage shall not be sold and shall be labeled as not for sale; provides the final consumer of such sausage shall be notified if the final product is a combination of more than one wild game species; requires raw wild game separation; relates to food safety.
Status: Signed by Governor. Public Act No. 428 on December 30, 2014

Introduced: 01/21/2014
Sponsor: Representative Ed McBroom, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryExpands issuance of crop damage animal depredation permits to include bears which cause damage to emerging, standing, or harvested crops or to properly stored feed.
Status: Signed by Governor. Public Act No. 407 on December 30, 2014

Introduced: 01/24/2013
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProhibits the designation of biodiversity areas by the Department of Natural Resources; removes biological diversity from the list of state forest management goals; provides for natural areas, wild areas, wilderness areas and conservation of biological diversity while ensuring accessibility, productivity and use of the natural resources; broadens the implementation of sustainable forestry; protects water quality in water bodies.
Status: To Governor on January 2

Introduced: 01/30/2013
Sponsor: Senator Mike Green, Co-Chair, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentive
SummaryExempts conservation easements of property that was conveyed under a will or trust or by intestate succession that meets specified criteria, but not buildings or structures located on the land.
Status: To Governor on January 2

Introduced: 12/19/2014
Sponsor: Senator Mike Kowall, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
SummaryRequires the compilation of a list of aquatic species as prohibited species or restricted species based on specified related factors; requires the periodic review and the listing of new or delisting of existing species on the list; authorizes emergency entries onto the list in order to protect human health or to keep severe harm from natural, agricultural, or silvicultural resources; increases prohibited species violations penalties.
Status: To Governor on January 2

Introduced: 02/19/2014
Sponsor: Senator Howard Walker, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Enforcement, Invasive Species
SummaryRelates to liability for damages to natural resources; sets forth criminal penalties for certain violations involving a prohibited aquatic and non-aquatic species; provides for the suspension of certain licenses.
Status: To Governor on January 2

Introduced: 05/06/2014
Sponsor: Senator Phil Pavlov, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General, Enforcement
SummaryProhibits use of unmanned aerial vehicles for taking game
Status: To Governor on January 2

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Gary Chism, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryRequires the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to issue a resident hunting and fishing license to certain nonresidents who reside in an out-of-state county adjacent to any Mississippi county; requires that the commission shall charge the same fee for the issuance of licenses to such nonresidents as is charged to residents; authorizes the commission to enter into a reciprocal agreement with the commission.
Status: To House Committee to Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks on January 6

Prefiled: 12/16/2014
Sponsor: Representative Linda Black, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProposes a constitutional amendment requiring two-thirds majority for voter approval of any initiative relating to bird, fish, game, wildlife, or forestry resources.
Status: Prefiled on December 16, 2014

Prefiled: 12/20/2014
Sponsor: Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committee
Issue Brief: High Fence
SummaryMakes various changes relating to wildlife; revises provisions relating to the fees charged to an applicant for an elk tag; provides for mitigation of damage caused by elk or game animals not native to the state.
Status: Prefiled on December 20, 2014

Prefiled: 12/20/2014
Sponsor: Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committee
Issue Brief: General, Invasive Species
SummaryChanges the name of the Wildlife Fund Account in the State General Fund to the Wildlife Account and amends the permissible uses of money in the Account; changes the name of the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account to the Wildlife Heritage Account; revises provisions relating to the administration of the trout stamp and duck stamp programs in the state; and provides other matters properly relating thereto.
Status: Prefiled on December 20, 2014

Prefiled: 12/19/2014
Sponsor: Senator James Settelmeyer, Member, Nevada Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
SummaryProvides that any trap, snare or similar device used: (1) exclusively on private property by the owner or occupant of the property or with the permission of the owner or occupant; (2) or for the control of rodents by a governmental agency, is exempted from state law requiring that each such device used in the taking of wild mammals must be registered with the Department of Wildlife before it is used; also provides exemption from regulations requiring that each such device bear a number which is assigned by the Department.
Status: Prefiled on December 19, 2014

Prefiled: 12/20/2014
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General, General License
SummaryThe exception to existing law provided by this bill will allow a person hunting migratory waterfowl in Nevada to carry a physical federal migratory bird hunting stamp or the receipt verifying the purchase of an electronic stamp if the State of Nevada is authorized by the Secretary of the Interior to sell electronic stamps.
Status: Prefiled on December 20, 2014

Prefiled: 12/20/2014
Sponsor: Senate Government Affairs Committee 
Issue Brief: Angling Access
SummaryRevises provisions relating to the use of water.revising provisions relating to the adjudication of vested water rights; revises provisions relating to applications, permits and certificates for the appropriation of public waters; revises provisions relating to underground water and wells; revises provisions relating to the planning and development of water resources; provides a penalty; relates to beneficial use and artisan well discharges.
Status: Prefiled on December 20, 2014

Introduced: 12/18/2014
Sponsor: Assembly Member Vincent Mazzeo
Issue Brief: General License 
Summary: Creates Fishing Buddy License
Status: To Assembly on Agriculture, and Natural Resources on December 18, 2014

Introduced: 12/19/2014
Sponsor: Senator Howie Morales
Issue Brief: General 
SummaryRelates to wildlife; prohibits the use of drones in hunting; provides penalties.
Status: Prefiled on December 19, 2014

Introduced: 01/7/2015
Sponsor: Senator Patrick Gallivan, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryEliminates the requirement that hunters wear back tags during hunting season in the state
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 7

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Gary Nelson, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief
: Ill Youth Hunting
SummaryRelates to big game and turkey hunting licenses for youth with a life-threatening illness.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 6

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Vernon Laning
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryRelates to who may participate in the bighorn sheep, elk, and moose lottery.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 6

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Senate Appropriations Committee
Issue Brief: General, Conservation Funding
SummaryProvides an appropriation for defraying the expenses of the game and fish department.
Status: To Senate Committee on Appropriations on January 6

Texas HJR 61
Introduced: 12/17/2014
Sponsor: Representative Trent Ashby
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
Status: Prefiled on December 17, 2014

Utah S 45
Introduced: 12/23/2014
Sponsor: Senator Scott Jenkins
Issue Brief: Crossbows
SummaryRelates to crossbow hunting; allows the use of a crossbow during an archery hunt.
Status: Prefiled on December 23, 2014

Wyoming HJR 3
Introduced: 12/18/2014
Sponsor: House Select Committee on Federal Natural Resource Management
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRequests Congress, state and local authorities to take action to remediate damages caused by free-roaming wild horses on rangelands in the West and to develop effective fertility control methods to reduce the populations of free-roaming wild horses in the West.
Status: Prefiled on December 18, 2014
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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 emai brent@sportsmenslink.org

 

Midwestern States Coordinator Kyle Rorah (MI, IN, OH, WI, MN, IA, ND, SD), at 586-725-1455, or email kyle@sportsmenslink.org

 

Western States Manager Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email andy@sportsmenslink.org