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 19, 2015 

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Bob Herron
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Declares the Arctic policy of the state.
Status: Introduced on January 20

Alaska H 38
Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Paul Seaton
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
Summary: Relates to the rapid response to, and control of, aquatic invasive species and establishing the aquatic invasive species response fund.
Status: Introduced on January 20

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Cathy Tilton
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to sport fishing services, sport fishing operators, and sport fishing guides; provides for an effective date.
Status: Introduced on January 20

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: House Rules Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Establishes a House Special Committee on Fisheries.
Status: Introduced on January 20

Alaska S 16
Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Lesil McGuire, Member, Alaska Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Declares the Arctic policy of the state.
Status: Introduced on January 20

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Yeulin Willett
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Concerns the management of black bears by hunting.
Status: To House Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs on January 15

Introduced: 01/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Robert Sampson
Issue Brief: License
Summary: Authorizes the issuance of lifetime hunting and fishing licenses; allows for the purchase of lifetime hunting licenses and lifetime fishing licenses.
Status: To Joint Committee on Environment on January 9

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Christine Pavalock
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes hunting on Sundays by bow and arrow; authorizes hunting on Sundays by bow and arrow provided such hunting is conducted on private property.
Status: To Joint Committee on Environment on January 13

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative Rick Lopes
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Bans the sale of ivory in Connecticut; bans all sales of ivory in Connecticut.
Status: To Joint Committee on Environment on January 16

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jon Burns, Member, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Recognizes January 15, 2015, as Sportsmen's and Coastal Day at the capitol.
Status: Passed House on January 13

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Senator Bill Heath, Chair, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, NASC EC Member 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Recognizes January 15, 2015, as Sportsmen's and Coastal Day at the capitol.
Status: Passed Senate on January 13

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brandon Phelps, Co-Chair, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; NASC Executive Council Member 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that, in addition to the wild turkey hunting permits issued without charge, the Department of Natural Resources shall make one additional permit available per parcel of land for the standard fee to a resident landowner who is a co-owner of a parcel of land of at least 40 Acres but no more than 79 Acres and, under Department rules, is unable to receive a permit without charge for a specific period of the wild turkey hunting season.
Status: To House Committee on Rules on January 14

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Lloyd Arnold
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Allows the department of natural resources to establish a lottery system to allow an individual to purchase a license to take more than one antlered deer within a one year period.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on January 13

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: 
Representative Terry Goodin, Co-Chair, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
 
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Makes it a Level 6 felony for a person to knowingly or intentionally kill a wild bird or wild mammal that is on the endangered species list; makes it a Level 6 felony for a person to illegally take a deer or a wild turkey if the person has at least three prior unrelated convictions for illegally taking a deer or a wild turkey in the previous seven years; increases the amount that a person must reimburse the state for unlawfully taking, possessing, or selling a deer or wild turkey for a third or subsequent.
Status: To House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Sean Eberhart, Member, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for the licensing and operation of hunting preserves on which farm raised and released cervidae and game birds are hunted; establishes licensing requirements, inspection requirements, and fees; exempts licensed hunting preserves from the licensing requirements for game breeders and shooting preserves; provides that hunters on hunting preserves are not required to have a hunting license and are not subject to bag limits; requires that a transportation tag be purchased and fixed to the leg of each.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mike Karickhoff, Member, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Provides that an individual may purchase and request that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles place a notation on the individual's driver's license or identification card that indicates that the individual has a fishing, hunting, or hunting and fishing license; requires the Department of Natural Resources to establish fees for the fishing, hunting, or hunting and fishing licenses sold by the bureau.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on January 14

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Jim Buck, Member, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Establishes the federal natural resource policy account for influencing, litigating, or mitigating federal natural resource policy decisions; specifies permitted uses of the account; requires annual reporting on the use of the account.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Affairs on January 6

Introduced: 01/07/2015
Sponsor: Senator Mike Delph
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Establishes a reduced fee lifetime hunting, fishing, and trapping license for disabled veterans who are Indiana residents.
Status: To Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military on January 7

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Senator Vaneta Becker
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Defines "qualified veteran" as an individual who is a resident of Indiana, who has served in the armed Forces of the United States, and who is a Purple Heart recipient is a former prisoner of war or has a service connected disability rating of at least 50%; allows a qualified veteran to obtain a hunting and fishing license free of charge.
Status: To Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military on January 12

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Senator Pete Miller, Member, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Invasive Species, Enforcement
Summary: Removes exotic mammals from the animals that may be propagated or offered for hunting at a shooting preserve; makes it a Class C misdemeanor to engage in computer assisted remote hunting or provide or operate a computer assisted remote hunting facility, use an unmanned aerial vehicle to search for, scout, locate, or detect wildlife as an aid to hunt or take wildlife, release from confinement a wild mammal for the purpose of taking the wild mammal, or offer for sale the taking of a wild mammal that is kept.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 12

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Mark Stoops
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides that 13 specified areas within certain state forests are designated wild areas; specifies certain activities that are prohibited or allowed within a designated wild area; establishes responsibilities for the Department of Natural Resources and divisions that manage designated wild areas.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 14

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brent Steele, Co-Chair, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Provides that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of State's heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good; provides that the people have a right, which includes the right to use traditional methods, to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to promote wildlife conservation and management; preserves the future of hunting and fishing.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 6

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Rich Taylor
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Requires the Natural Resource Commission to allow catfish to be taken by hand fishing at the times and places determined by the Commission by rule; provides that a violation of the provisions is punishable with a scheduled fine.
Status: To Senate Committee on  Natural Resources and Environment on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Rich Taylor
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentive
Summary: Provides a property tax exemption for land designated as native prairie or land designated as a protected wetland by the Department of Natural Resources if the property is not used for economic gain; specifies that the receipt of payments under the Federal Wetlands Reserve Program or the Federal Agricultural Conservation Easement Program shall not be considered a use for economic gain.
Status: To Senate Committee on Ways and Means on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Matt McCoy, Member, Iowa Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Ivory 
Summary: Prohibits the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horns with exceptions; provides that a person who sells, offers for sale, purchases, trades, barters, or distributes an ivory article or rhinoceros horn is guilty of a class D felony; provides that the sentence for a class D felony; allows the Department of Natural Resources to issue permits for sales of ivory articles or rhinoceros horns.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to quarantine preserve whitetail and land associated with hunting preserves or former hunting preserves; authorizes the Department to regulate land associated with hunting preserves or former hunting preserves by requiring the department to develop, administer, and enforce hunting preserve programs and requirements that include the quarantine of preserve whitetail for disease and the quarantine of a hunting preserve or land.
Status: Introduced on January 14

Kentucky H 56
Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Ron Crimm
Issue Brief: Anti-Sportsmen Organizations
Summary: Forfeits ownership of animals involved in cruelty and torture cases; prohibits ownership or possession of animals of the same species for a specified period of years.
Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on January 6

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jim DeCesare, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Adjourns in honor and loving memory of Thomas Martin Baker.
Status: Introduced on January 6

Kentucky H 177
Introduced: 01/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Greg Stumbo, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to cruelty to animals; defines adequate shelter in regard to livestock and domestic animals other than livestock; requires persons having custody of an animal to provide adequate shelter and to clarify exceptions.
Status: Introduced 01/09/2015

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator John Schickel, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to fishing license exemptions; exempts 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: Introduced on January 6

Kentucky S 38
Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Robin Webb, Chair, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, NASC EC President 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: 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: Introduced on January 6

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Robin Webb, Chair, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, NASC EC President 
Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation
Summary: Relates to the donation of game meat; defines not-for-profit organization take and wildlife; prohibits state and local government entities from restricting the donation of game meat to or from not-for-profit organizations for the purpose of free meal distribution; requires that the game meat be from wildlife that was taken in the Commonwealth, properly field dressed and processed, and apparently disease-free and unspoiled.
Status: Introduced on January 6

Kentucky S 56
Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Robin Webb, Chair, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, NASC EC President 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to obstructing or disrupting the lawful taking of wildlife; includes unmanned aerial vehicles as a prohibited means of obstructing or disrupting the lawful taking of wildlife.
Status: Introduced on January 6

Introduced: 01/24/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits 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: Vetoed by Governor on January 15

Introduced: 01/30/2013
Sponsor: Senator Mike Green, Co-Chair, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentive
Summary: Exempts 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: Signed by the Governor on January 10

Introduced: 02/19/2014
Sponsor: Senator Mike Kowall, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
Summary: Requires 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: Signed by the Governor on January 10 

Introduced: 02/19/2014
Sponsor: Senator Howard Walker, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Relates 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: Signed by the Governor on January 10 

Introduced: 05/06/2014
Sponsor: Senator Phil Pavlov, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits use of unmanned aerial vehicles for taking game.
Status: Vetoed by the Governor on January 15

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Denny McNamara, Member, Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Sales Tax
Summary: Relates to natural resources; appropriates money from outdoor heritage fund; modifies requirements for use of outdoor heritage fund money; modifies previous appropriation.
Status: To House Committee on Environment and Natural Resource Policy and Finance on January 15

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Tom Miles, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Provides that spouses of military personnel are exempted from the licensing requirements for hunting and fishing privileges.
Status: To House Committee on Military Affairs and House Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks on January 12

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Robert Moak, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Provides the justice court with jurisdiction over forfeiture of property for violations of game and fish laws.
Status: To House Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and House Committee on Judiciary on January 12

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Johnny Stringer 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Allows individuals engaged in processing wild game to recover from the deliverer of the wild game fifty percent of the costs associated with preparing the wild game for human consumption after ninety days of the original date of delivery; requires the processing establishment to make reasonable attempts to contact the owner of the wild game to collect the wild game.
Status: To House Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks on January 12

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Gray Tollison, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: White-tailed Deer Management
Summary: Provides that for hunters seventy-five years of age or Older all of the bag limit on antlered deer set by the commission on wildlife, fisheries and parks may be any antlered deer.
Status: To Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks on January 16

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Haskins Montgomery
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for an exemption from ad valorem taxation leases that grant hunting and/or fishing privileges on sixteenth section school lands.
Status: To Senate Committee on Finance on January 16

Mississippi S 2238
Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Haskins Montgomery
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires individuals engaged in processing wild game to recover from the deliverer of the wild game fifty percent of the costs associated with preparing the wild game for human consumption after ninety days of the original date of delivery; requires the processing establishment to make reasonable attempts to contact the owner of the wild game to collect the wild game.
Status: To Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks on January 16

Mississippi S 2244
Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Russell Jolly, Co-Chair,Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Requires the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to issue depredation permits for farmers to use dogs during turkey season for the control of wild hogs; authorizes the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to establish the term of the permits.
Status: To Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks on January 16

Mississippi S 2246
Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Deborah Jeanne Dawkins 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources to adjust fees to defray the costs of operation of the commission and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources; creates the Department of Marine Resources program fund.
Status: To Senate Committee on Ports and Marine Resources on January 16

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Deborah Jeanne Dawkins 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Recommends the assessment of the economic value of the natural resources of the state.
Status: To Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and Senate Committee on Environmental Protection, Conservation and Resources on January 16

Mississippi S 2267
Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kelvin Butler
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires a person to tag any tree stand placed on public lands or lands of another person.
Status: To Senate Committee on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks on January 16

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Bryan Spencer 
Issue Brief: Conservation Sales Tax
Summary: Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the conservation sales tax to be approved by voters every 10 years.
Status: Introduced on January 13

Introduced: 01/07/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to captive cervids.
Status: Introduced on January 7

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative Forrest Mandeville 
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Allows cross-bows to be used for hunting during archery season; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status: To House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Parks on January 8

Introduced: 01/13/2015 
Sponsor: Representative Kirk Wagoner 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Reaffirms that trapping is a form of hunting protected under the state Constitution; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status: To House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Parks on January 13

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Margaret MacDonald
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Revises hunting, fishing license laws for critically wounded first responders; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status: To House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Parks on January 14

Introduced: 01/05/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jill Cohenour
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Provides for automatic forfeiture of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and privileges for unlawful procurement, possession, use, or transfer of replacement licenses, permits, or tags.
Status: In Senate, 2nd reading passed on January 20

Introduced: 01/05/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jennifer Pomnichowski 
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Authorizes electronic signatures for hunting and fishing licenses.
Status: To Senate Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Parks on January 20

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Scott Sales
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires wearing of hunter orange; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to state revenue; relates to rule making.
Status: To Senate Committee on Fish and Game on January 16

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Scott Sales
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Requires hunter orange for under 18 hunters; relates to fish and wildlife.
Status: To Senate Committee on Fish and Game on January 16

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Ken Schilz, Chair, Nebraska Legislative Sportsmen's Forum
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Prohibits interference with hunting, trapping, or fishing by intimidation using a telephone or other communication device.
Status: To Legislative Committee on Natural Resources on January 20

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative James Webb
Issue Brief: Crossbows
Summary: Requires the executive director of fish and game to adopt rules for taking by crossbow during any regular firearms season for game animals and game birds; 15-0262 10/05.
Status: Public Hearing on January 29

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License 
Summary: Allows the fish and game department to offer discounted lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for residents who have not yet reached their first birthday; this bill is a request of the fish and game department; 15-09321 10/06.
Status: Filed as LSR 932 on January 15

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jimmie Hall
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to hunting; restricts hunting draws, except for bow hunting, to non-felons.
Status: Introduced on January 20

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator William Soules
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
Summary: Relates to game and fish; clarifies conditions for landowner taking or killing animals on private land.
Status: Introduced on January 20

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Howie Morales
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to wildlife; prohibits the use of drones in hunting; provides penalties.
Status: Introduced on January 20

Introduced: 01/07/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Appreciation in School
Summary: Creates a legislative task force on outdoor environmental education and recreation that will benefit residents of New York state by fostering stewardship and conservation of the environment, and an appreciation of the importance of the wise use of natural resources as well as acknowledgment of the health benefits of time spent in nature.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 7

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Relates to the right to hunt, trap, and fish; provides for regulation by the state.
Status: To Attorney General for opinion on January 13

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law related to management of wildlife resources; permits the release of certain ring-necked pheasant or quail birds without a permit; adjusts the hunting season, catch limits, and geographic areas for hunting certain species.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 8 

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Ammunition
Summary: Amends the Penal Law; authorizes shooting preserves and shooting clubs to sell ammunition for exclusive use on the premises thereof without being deemed a "seller of ammunition".
Status: To Assembly Committee on CODES on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
Summary: Amends the General Obligations Law; amends provisions relating to the liability of landowners who permit recreational uses of their land; provides that landowners owe no duty to keep premises safe for entry, passage or other recreational uses or to give warning of any hazardous condition, structure or activity on such premises to persons entering for such purposes.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Judiciary on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Clifford Crouch, Member, New York legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Eliminates the expiration of and makes permanent, provisions of law authorizing an individual to fish with up to 3 lines in freshwater.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 13

Introduced: 01/09/2015
Sponsor: Senator Phil Boyle, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Drones
Summary: Amends the Environmental Conservation Law; prohibits the hunting or taking of wildlife with the aid of an unmanned aerial vehicle.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 9

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kathleen Marchione, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Full Capacity Magazines, Guns
Summary: Relates to the suspension and revocation of a license to carry firearms; relates to the applicability of certain provisions of the penal law, large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and gun licenses; relates to effectiveness of certain provisions of the NY safe Act relating to suspension and revocation of firearms licenses, private sale or disposal of firearms, rifles or shotguns; establishes a minimum age to possess a firearm; repeals various other provisions of law relating to the NY safe Act.
Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom O'Mara, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Appreciation in Schools
Summary: Relates to hunting, fishing and outdoor education in high school physical education courses.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 13

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jon Nelson, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Ill Youth Hunting
Summary: Relates to big game and turkey hunting licenses for youth with a life-threatening illness.
Status: Passed House, to Senate on January 6

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Vernon Laning
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to who may participate in the bighorn sheep, elk, and moose lottery.
Status: Failed to pass House on January 20

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
Summary: Relates to the option to use deer lottery license refunds for the private land open to sportsmen program.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 8

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jim Schmidt, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to the issuance of game and fish licenses; provides an effective date.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 8

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Keith Kempenich
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to a North Dakota chapter of society for range management mule deer license.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Peter Silbernagel, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to reduced hunting and fishing license fees for resident current and retired national guard members.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 12

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Curt Hofstad
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for a prohibition on the purchase of conservation easements with public funds.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture on January 12

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Vernon Laning
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to nonresident waterfowl hunting.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Scot Kelsh, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to nonresident waterfowl licenses.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Marvin Nelson
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Provides for rules on navigable waters by the state water commission and certain enforcement.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 13

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to depredation prevention by landowners.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 16

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dick Anderson
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the uses of the abandoned oil and gas well plugging and site reclamation fund; provides an appropriation.
Status: To House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 16

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Senator Dave Oehlke 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the resident and nonresident muskrat trapping season.
Status: To Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 8

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative Bobby Cleveland 
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
Summary: Relates to feral swine; relates to removal of feral swine; eliminates permit requirement to kill feral swine at night; authorizes the removal of feral swine under certain circumstances; authorizes the use of certain light devices except during deer season; requires the Department of Wildlife Conservation to develop certain registration process; requires information be submitted; provides time period for valid registration.
Status: Prefiled on January 16

Introduced: 01/04/2015
Sponsor: Representative Val Hoyle, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes certain hunters to use battery-powered scoping devices, pin sight lights and laser sighting devices to hunt.
Status: Prefiled on January 14

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Wayne Krieger, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Provides that a county is exempt from applicability of a statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve a county measure proposed by an initiative petition or referred to people by the governing body of county.
Status: Prefiled on January 13 

Oregon H 2051
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Wayne Krieger, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Reduces the penalty for crime of criminal trespass in the second degree in certain circumstances.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2052
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Wayne Krieger, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Modifies certain penalties for wildlife law violations.
Status: Prefiled on January 13 

Oregon H 2053
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Wayne Krieger, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Directs State Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish trophy trout lake pilot program; funds program with $1 surcharge on angling licenses; requires department to conduct study and surveys related to program and report to interim committees related to environment and natural resources no later than September 15, 2017; sunsets December 31, 2018; declares emergency.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2181
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to study developing predator management plan for State of Oregon and to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly on or before September 15, 2016; sunsets January 2, 2017.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2207
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Caddy McKeown, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
Summary: Requires vessels with empty ballast tanks to undergo saltwater flushing of empty ballast tanks before vessels enter waters of this state; directs civil penalties collected under ballast water laws to be deposited in Invasive Species Control Account to fund invasive species eradication and control efforts by Invasive Species Council.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2348
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: House Judiciary Committee
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Provides honorably retired law enforcement officers with protections provided to State concealed handgun license holders.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2401
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Office of the Governor
Issue Brief: Conservation Sales Tax
Summary: Creates excise tax on wild bird feed; directs revenues from tax to Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Fund and revenues to Wild Bird Conservation Fund; applies tax to wild bird feed distributed for retail sale; establishes Greater Sage Grouse Conservation Fund; continuously appropriates moneys in fund to State Department of Fish and Wildlife for greater sage grouse conservation purposes.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Office of the Governor
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Establishes Task Force on State Department of Fish and Wildlife Funding; sunsets task force on December 31, 2016; declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2424

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Office of the Governor
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Authorizes employees of Department of Corrections, State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision and Oregon Corrections Enterprises who work in department building to store personal handgun and ammunition in vehicle; directs department to adopt policies or rules for possession and storage of personal handguns and ammunition; provides that department, board and Oregon Corrections Enterprises do not have duty to inspect or secure vehicles or parking areas; declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2429
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Office of the Governor
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Repeals sunset on provisions related to relief from prohibition on possessing and purchasing firearms; authorizes Psychiatric Security Review Board to conduct relief hearings for persons found guilty except for insanity of certain misdemeanors; authorizes board to conduct hearings with members from adult panel, juvenile panel or both; declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2452
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Office of the Governor
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Abolishes Fish and Wildlife Deferred Maintenance Subaccount; transfers unobligated moneys remaining in subaccount after effective date of Act to State Wildlife Fund.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Office of the Governor
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires organizer to obtain permit from State Forestry Department prior to conducting large commercial event on state forestlands; creates exceptions; authorizes department to adopt rules establishing health and safety standards for large commercial events held on state forestlands; authorizes department to charge permit fees to cover cost of monitoring and enforcement at events; allows refusal, suspension or revocation of permit under certain circumstances.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2463
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Office of the Governor
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes Department of State Lands to seize abandoned structures and derelict structures on, under or over state-owned submerged and submersible lands; requires department to adopt by rule procedures for seizure of structures; establishes Submerged Lands Enhancement Fund; requires deposit of certain moneys in fund; directs department to use moneys in fund for activities associated with management and enhancement of submerged and submersible lands.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2503
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Gail Whitsett, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle Bans
Summary: Vests sole authority to regulate hunting ammunition and fishing gear with Legislative Assembly with specified exceptions; prohibits public bodies from regulating hunting ammunition, fishing gear and angling equipment unless authorized by statute.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2518
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Clem, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires state agency to notify State Department of Fish and Wildlife before state agency restricts or closes access to state lands used for hunting; provides exceptions; requires department to post notice for 30 days on department's website before state agency may restrict or close access to state lands used for hunting.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Clem, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop and implement program to provide technical assistance to Oregon landowners, businesses and communities regarding nonlethal options to reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brad Witt, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns, NICS
Summary: Exempts certain transferors of firearms from requesting criminal history record check if purchaser or recipient has concealed handgun license; requires county sheriff to request that Department of State Police perform criminal records check with National Instant Criminal Background Check System; requires sheriff to obtain certain information from noncitizen applicants before issuing concealed handgun license.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Oregon H 2534
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brad Witt, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Directs State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt rules prohibiting use of drones for angling or hunting.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brad Witt, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Requires applicant for license, tag or permit to angle, take, hunt or trap to attest that applicant consents to inspection of license, tag or permit and taken wildlife; requires attestation statement and proof of attestation to be printed on license, tag or permit and signed by applicant.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brad Witt, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement 
Summary: Increases damages for unlawful taking or killing of wildlife; creates rebuttable presumption of intent to sell, barter, trade, import or export wildlife parts; punishes violation of wildlife Laws with intent to sell, barter, trade, import or export wildlife parts by maximum five years' imprisonment, a fine, or both; increases punishment for second and subsequent convictions for certain violations of wildlife Laws to maximum 10 years' imprisonment, a fine, or both.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Peter Buckley
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Directs Department of Transportation to establish Oregon wildlife conservation registration plate program for issuance of special registration plate; imposes surcharge per year of registration; directs that moneys from surcharge on registration plate be transferred to Nongame Wildlife Fund; appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Transportation for purpose of initiating program; repeals limitation on number of special registration plates department may issue at one time.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes amendment to Constitution establishing right to hunt, to fish, to trap and to harvest wildlife, and to use traditional methods to hunt, fish, trap and harvest wildlife; refers proposed amendment to people for their approval or rejection at next regular general election.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kim Thatcher, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Directs Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to establish handgun safety instructor program; directs department to adopt rules to administer handgun safety instructor program; becomes operative January 1, 2016; includes completion of handgun safety course taught by handgun safety instructor as acceptable demonstration of competence with handgun for issuance of concealed handgun license.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kim Thatcher, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Removes six-month county residence requirement for legal resident applicant for concealed handgun license; authorizes county sheriff to waive residency requirement for concealed handgun license if applicant resides in another state; provides that license holders may renew license electronically or by mail; provides that if sheriff waives residence requirement for license applicant, sheriff shall consider application as renewal if person has valid license issued in another county.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Bill Hansell, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brian Boquist, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Authorizes person licensed to carry concealed handgun to present valid license instead of providing firearm to peace officer for examination when possessing firearm in public building.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brian Boquist, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Modifies certain penalties for wildlife law violations.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Office of the Governor
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
Summary: Increases ballast water trip fee to $88.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Ted Ferrioli 
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Changes States in which residents of Oregon may lawfully obtain long guns for transport into Oregon from contiguous States to all other States.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Ted Ferrioli 
Issue Brief: NICS
Summary: Removes Department of State Police as designated state point of contact for purposes of National Instant Criminal Background Check System; requires gun dealer to obtain authorization to transfer firearm directly from system.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Arnie Roblan, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to adopt policy for coordinating management of species that prey on endangered species; requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to adopt policy by rule; establishes Predation of Endangered Species Fund; continuously appropriates moneys in fund to department to carry out predation of endangered species policy.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senate Judiciary Committee
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Adds justice court and municipal court to definition of court facility in which firearms and other weapons are prohibited except in specified circumstances; expands definition of weapon to include certain kinds of pocket knives; authorizes judges of justice courts and municipal courts to establish procedures permitting or prohibiting possession of firearms and other weapons in court facilities.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Fred Girod, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Provides that county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Chris Edwards, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
Summary: Exempts local government from requirement to obtain aquatic invasive species prevention permit for certain boats.
Status: Prefiled on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kevin Johnson
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Relates to the protection of game; adds a new section to provide that it shall be unlawful for a person on a dog hunt to permit his dog to enter upon the land of another over which the person does not have hunting rights; provides for the definition of on a dog hunt; assesses a civil fine not to exceed five hundred dollars for violations thereof.
Status: To Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry on January 13

South Carolina S 309
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator George Chip Campsen, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Enacts the Wetlands Restoration Act which provides that certain impoundments that originally impounded a parcel of tideland or marshland but no longer completely impounds that parcel may be repaired or restored.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator George Chip Campsen, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Conservation Tax Incentive
Summary: Relates to the State Income Tax Credit allowed for donations of a gift of land for conservation or a qualified conservation contribution; provides that the credit equals twenty-five percent of the total value of the gift rather than twenty-five percent of the charitable deduction for the gift allowed on the taxpayer's federal income tax return.
Status: To Senate Committee on Finance on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Allows bullheads to be used as bait.
Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Do pass

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Repeals certain obsolete and unnecessary statutes relating to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Status: From House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Do pass

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Repeals and revises certain outdated provisions related to the Department of Game, Fish and Parks.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Texas SJR 22
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brandon Creighton
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.
Status: Introduced on January 13 

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Richard Alloway, Co-Chair, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Amends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in enforcement; provides for Powers and duties of enforcement officers; in hunting and furtaking; provides for the offense of trespass on private property while hunting.
Status: To Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Richard Alloway, Co-Chair, Pennsylvania Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
Summary: Amends the act of February 2, 1966 (1965 P.L.1860, No.586), entitled "An act encouraging landowners to make land and water areas available to the public for recreational purposes by limiting liability in connection therewith; repeals certain acts;" provides for liability for landowners to recreational users; provides for attorney fees and court costs.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy on January 14

Introduced: 01/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mike Schultz
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Modifies commercial hunting area provisions
Status: Prefiled on January 9 

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dixon Pitcher 
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Modifies provisions relating to access to public waters.
Status: Prefiled on January 12

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Bruce Cutler
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Authorizes a person under the age of 16 to fish without a license under certain circumstances.
Status: Prefiled on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015 
Sponsor: Delegate Kathleen Murphy
Issue Brief: NICS
Summary: Relates to transfer of firearms; relates to penalty; requires a background check for any firearm transfer and requires the Department of State Police to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers; provides that a transferor who fails to obtain a required background check and Sells a firearm to another person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Status: To House Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety on January 19

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Blake 
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Concerns water rights appurtenant to land managed by the department of fish and wildlife.
Status: Public hearing held in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on January 14

Washington H 1032
Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Blake 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the fee structure to encourage habitat projects that provide a public benefit; provides for an application fee for a hydraulic project permit or permit modification issued under RCW 77.55.021 where the project is located at or below the ordinary high water line; provides exceptions for fish habitat enhancement projects; provides for public information.
Status: Public hearing held in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on January 14

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Blake 
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
Summary: Provides tools for the department of fish and wildlife to use in order to promote access to private lands for hunting.
Status: Public hearing held in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on January 14

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Christopher Hurst
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Concerns conservation districts.
Status: To House Committee on Local Government on January 12

Washington H 1105
Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Ross Hunter
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Makes 2015 supplemental operating appropriations.
Status: Public hearing held in the House Hearing Room A John L. O'Brien Building in Olympia, Washington on January 14 

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Blake 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Creates cost savings by providing administrative flexibility to the department of fish and wildlife in its implementation of Title 77 RCW while not directing any changes to resource management outcomes.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and natural Resources on January 13

Washington H 1119
Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Blake 
Issue Brief: Internet based Hunter's Education Course
Summary: Makes changes that gives tools to the department of fish and wildlife to ensure hunter safety by focusing on the actual person hunting and not the sporting equipment used by the hunter including, but not limited to, establishing the age of fourteen as the minimum age to participate in unaccompanied hunting.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and natural Resources on January 13

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Eric Pettigrew
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Concerns ivory and rhinoceros horn trafficking.
Status: Hearing held in House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 20. Hearing remains open.

Washington H 1152
Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joe Fitzgibbon
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Concerns the management of forage fish resources.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Shelly Short
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides the fish and wildlife commission with the tools necessary to enact changes to the status of a species.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 15

Washington H 1200
Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Elizabeth Scott
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Limits the enforcement of policies of the department of fish and wildlife and providing for abrogation of policies by act of the governor or either house of the legislature.
Status: To the House Committee on State and Government Enforcement on January 15

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kretz
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Accelerates the rate of wolf recovery in Washington.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 15

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kretz
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Increases the social acceptance of endangered species recovery by providing the fish and wildlife commission with the tools necessary to enact changes to the status of a species.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 15

Washington H 1232
Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Bruce Chandler
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Concerns employer-purchased fishing guide licenses.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 15

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Sawyer
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
Summary: Limits enforcement action against tribal hunters.
Status: To House Committee on Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs on January 16

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Vincent Buys
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Increases salmon populations through the implementation of a new fish hatchery management structure that is modeled on the proven, successful structure utilized by the state of Alaska for the past forty years.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 16

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dave Hayes
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Concerns the management of state-owned aquatic lands by cities for the purposes of operating a publicly owned marina.
Status: To House Committee on Environment on January 19

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative Steve Tharinger
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Concerns unlawfully engaging in fishing guide activity.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 19

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Blake
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
Summary: Allows additional hunting opportunities on state land.
Status: To House Committee on Environment on January 19

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brian Blake
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Concerns license fees for national guard members under Title 77 RCW.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 19

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Taylor
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Regards administrative procedures that promote accountability, transparency, and economic relief.
Status: To House Committee on State Government on January 19

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Concerns overriding considerations of the public interest in management of the Waters of the state.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Economic Development on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Christine Rolfes
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Concerns the management of forage fish resources.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Parks on January 15 

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tim Sheldon
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Concerns notice against trespass.
Status: To Senate Committee on Law and Justice on January 16

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Steve Litzow
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Concerns ivory and rhinoceros horn trafficking.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Parks on January 16 

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Don Benton
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Modifies the use of local storm water charges paid by the department of transportation.
Status: To Senate Committee on Transportation on January 19

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate John Shott
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Provides for the posting of unenclosed lands to prohibit hunting, trapping or fishing.
Status: Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 14  

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Roy Cooper
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Provides a fee discount for certain nonresident hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for native nonresidents.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 14  

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Larry Faircloth
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to Class XS senior resident lifetime licenses.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 16

West Virginia S 77
Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jack Yost
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to Class C courtesy statewide hunting and fishing licenses for certain military personnel.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jack Yost
Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges
Summary: Relates to Class C courtesy statewide hunting and fishing licenses for certain military personnel.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 14

West Virginia S 138
Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Robert Williams 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to posting of property to prohibit hunting or trespassing.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Herb Snyder
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes Division of Natural Resources to promulgate legislative rule relating to defining terms used in hunting and trapping rules.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 14

West Virginia S 147
Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Herb Snyder
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes Division of Natural Resources to promulgate legislative rule relating to hunting, trapping and fishing license and stamp fees.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Herb Snyder
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes Division of Natural Resources to promulgate legislative rule relating to general hunting.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Herb Snyder
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Authorizes Division of Natural Resources to promulgate legislative rule relating to lifetime hunting, trapping and fishing licenses.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 14

West Virginia S 237
Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Daniel Jackson Hall
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Creates Captive Cervid Farming Act.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on January 16

West Virginia SCR 8
Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Charles Trump
Issue Brief: Angling Access
Summary: Urges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdraw or rescind proposed definition of waters of the United States.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on January 19

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dan Zwonitzer
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to game and fish, providing for rules and regulations to authorize the collection of road killed animals; provides restrictions; relates to interstate game tags and donation certificates for research.
Status: In House, passed 2nd reading on January 20

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Relates to game and fish; clarifies applicability of act; specifies that restitution penalties for game violations include economic values of wildlife; provides for an effective date.
Status: Amended on House floor on January 20

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mark Baker
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to big and trophy game licenses; authorizes the reservation of unused big or trophy game animal licenses as specified; provides for an effective date.
Status: Committee amendment adopted on House floor on January 20

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senate Committee on Natural Resource Funding
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Relates to the Wildlife and Natural Resource Funding Act; provides for funding of large projects; specifies large projects approved for funding in 2015; requires specified conservation easements to include the state as a third party beneficiary; requires certifications regarding kickbacks and gifts; provides appropriations; provides for reversion of funds.
Status: In Senate, passed 2nd reading on January 20

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senator Larry Hicks
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to game and fish; limits nonresident allocation of moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and grizzly bear licenses as specified; establishes nonresident allocation of wild bison licenses; provides for an effective date.
Status: To Senate Committee on Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources on January 15

Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Larry Hicks
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Requests Congress to recognize and encourage state primacy in sage grouse management by granting an extension of time to allow development and implementation of state sage grouse conservation plans.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Public Lands and Water Resources on January 20

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Midwestern States Director Chris Horton, at 501.865.1475, or email chris@sportsmenslink.org

 

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