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: Bill sponsors who are members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses are noted in bold.
 
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February 2, 2015 

NORTHEASTERN STATES


Maine H 114
Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Gary Hilliard
Issue Brief: Youth License
SummaryLowers the eligibility age for a junior hunting license from 10 years of age to 8 years of age.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on January 29

Introduced:02/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Paul Davis, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: College Student Hunting and Angling License
SummaryThis bill provides that a nonresident enrolled as a full-time student in an institution of higher education in this State is eligible for any trapping, fishing, hunting or combination fishing and hunting license or permit at the resident fee and has the same privileges as a resident of this State in regard to trapping, hunting and fishing.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in concurrence 

Maryland H 170
Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Wendell Beitzel, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Member; National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAlters the prohibition against a person hunting specified game birds by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area to require that the person know or reasonably should know that the area is a baited area before a violation occurs.
Status: Hearing scheduled for February 11

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator John Astle, Co-Chair, Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Past President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAlters the prohibition against a person hunting specified game birds by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area to require that the person know or reasonably should know that the area is a baited area before a violation occurs.
Status: Hearing scheduled for February 10

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Stephen Hershey
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
SummaryAuthorizes the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person in Caroline County or Dorchester County to hunt any game bird or game mammal, except migratory game birds and wetland game birds, on a Sunday on specified land during the open season for that game bird or game mammal.
Status: Hearing scheduled for February 17

Massachusetts HD 2852
Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative Nicholas Boldyga
Issue Brief: Crossbows
SummaryRelates to the use of crossbows.
Status: Filed on January 16

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative Judith Sprang
Issue Brief: Invasive Species
SummaryPermits the commissioner of the department of environmental services to issue an order banning the use of boats on certain Waters with a confirmed exotic aquatic species infestation; 15-0750 06/03.
Status: Public hearing held on February 3

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative Max Abramson
Issue Brief: Magnuson-Stevens Act
SummaryRequests the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Congress to relax rules on Atlantic fisheries and to keep recreational fishing open during the busiest season each year; 15-0325 10/01.
Status: Filed as LSR 325 on January 28

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Deborah Glick
Issue Brief: Anti
SummaryAmends the Environmental Conservation Law; provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to organize, conduct, promote or participate in any contest or competition where the objective of such contest or competition is to take the greatest number of wildlife.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 26

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member David DiPietro, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAmends the Environmental Conservation Law; eliminates the requirement that hunters wear back tags during hunting season in the state.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on January 28

Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Senator Andrew Lanza, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Ivory
SummaryRelates to musical instruments containing ivory or rhinoceros horn; specifies amount allowable for instruments for elephant ivory and mammoth ivory; requires documentation to show articles with mammoth ivory being sold, offered for sale, traded, bartered or distributed were obtained prior to the effective date of this act.
Status: To Senate Committee on Rules on January 29

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate David Bulova
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
SummaryRelates to visiting of wildlife traps; requires the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to adopt regulations allowing the use of remote trap-checking technology to determine if there is wildlife in the trap; provides that current law requires trappers to visit their traps either daily or, in the case of body-gripping traps, once every 72 hours and remove all animals that have been caught in the traps.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources on February 3

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary:Relates to reciprocal law-enforcement agreements; authorizes the Director of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to enter into agreements with other States to enforce hunting, fishing, and trapping Laws across state boundaries.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources on February 3

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Delegate David Ramadan
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
SummaryRelates to retrieval of hunting dogs, etc; requires hunters to receive permission from a landowner to retrieve hunting dogs, falcons, hawks, or owls from the landowner's property.
StatusSubcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely, by voice vote on January 28

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Senator Louise Lucas
Issue Brief: NICS
Summary: Relates to transfer of firearms at gun shows; relates to voluntary background check; relates to penalties; requires the Department of State Police to be available to perform background checks for non-dealer sales at gun shows if requested by a party involved in a transaction; the promoter of the firearms show shall furnish the Department of State Police sufficient facilities to perform the background checks.
Status: Re-referred to Senate Committee on Finance on February 2


SOUTHEASTERN STATES


Florida S 584

Introduced: 01/30/2015

Sponsor: Senator Charles Dean, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to implementation of the water and land conservation constitutional amendment; terminates certain trust funds within the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; requires moneys in land acquisition trust funds created or designated to receive funds under s. 28, Article X of the State Constitution to be retained in those trust funds.

Status: Prefiled on January 30

 

Florida S 586

Introduced: 01/30/2015

Sponsor: Senator Charles Dean, Member, Florida Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to implementation of the water and land conservation constitutional amendment; provides that specified distributions to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund are not subject to the service charge under s. 215.20, F.S.; repeals provisions relating to beach erosion control project staffing, funding for the state's beach management plan, and the State Preservation 2000 Trust Fund; requires specified public recreation projects to have been selected through the Department of Environmental Protection's.

Status: Prefiled on January 30

 

Georgia S 68

Introduced: 01/29/2015

Sponsor: Senator Emanuel Jones

Issue Brief: Guns

Summary: Relates to carrying and possession of firearms; provides for a training requirement for the issuance of a weapons carry license; provides for related matters; repeals conflicting laws.

Status: To Senate Committee on Public Safety on February 2

 

South Carolina H 3118

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mike Pitts, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, Past NASC EC President 

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to promulgate regulations governing certain areas to establish seasons, dates, areas, bag limits, and other restrictions for hunting and taking wild turkey; establishes male wild turkey hunting season as March 20 through May 5; declares the Saturday preceding March 20 of each year to be South Carolina youth turkey hunting day and provide a procedure for youth turkey hunting on this day; provides a wild turkey bag limit.

Status: From House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on January 29: Reported favorably with amendment.

 

South Carolina H 3393

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Phillip Lowe, Chair, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Provides that a person shall obtain a federal migratory hunting and conservation stamp in addition to obtaining required state hunting licenses and permits; provides that the Department of Natural Resources may contract with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to make the federal migratory hunting and conservation stamp available through the license sales system of the department; provides for the endorsement of the stamp on state hunting licenses by the department.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on January 22

 

South Carolina H 3449

Introduced: 01/28/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jimmy Bales, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to non game fishing devices and gear that are permitted to be used in certain bodies of freshwater; provides that the Department of Natural resources may issue recreational licenses for the use of hoop nets along the Wateree River.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on January 28

 

Tennessee S 203

Introduced: 01/28/2015

Sponsor: Senator Rusty Crowe 

Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges 

Summary: Relates to Veterans; expands eligibility for sport hunting and fishing licenses without payment of a fee to all persons with a service-connected disability instead of only those persons having a service-connected disability of 30 percent or more that was acquired during war.

Status: Introduced on January 28

 

Tennessee S 206

Introduced: 01/29/2015

Sponsor: Senator Frank Niceley

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to tax exemptions and credits; creates a Second Amendment sales tax holiday for the first weekend of September of each year; exempts firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies.

Status: Introduced on January 29

 

West Virginia H 2175

Introduced: 01/21/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Ralph Rodighiero

Issue Brief: Enforcement

Summary: Increases criminal penalties for the illegal killing, taking, or possessing of certain wildlife.

Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on January 21

 

West Virginia H 2214

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Daniel Hamrick

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Permits the resident lineal descendants of landowners to hunt, trap or fish on that resident landowner's property without a license.

Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on January 22

 

West Virginia H 2231

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Jordan Hill

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Permits grandchildren of resident landowners to hunt, trap or fish on that landowner's property without a license.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 22

 

West Virginia H 2296

Introduced: 01/26/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Kelli Sobonya

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Concerns Division of Natural Resources, defining the terms used in all hunting and trapping rules.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 26

 

West Virginia H 2297

Introduced: 01/26/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Kelli Sobonya

Issue Brief: General License

Summary: Concerns the Division of Natural Resources, lifetime hunting, trapping and fishing licenses.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 26

 

West Virginia H 2298

Introduced: 01/26/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Kelli Sobonya

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Concerns Division of Natural Resources, hunting, trapping and fishing license and stamp fees.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 26

 

West Virginia H 2346

Introduced: 01/26/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Kelli Sobonya

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Concerns Division of Natural Resources, general hunting.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 26

 

West Virginia H 2399

Introduced: 01/27/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Ralph Rodighiero

Issue Brief: Seniors, Veterans, and Active Duty Military Hunting and Angling Privileges 

Summary: Exempts all veterans of the Armed Forces or any reserve component thereof from having to obtain a hunting, trapping fishing license.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 27

 

West Virginia H 2515

Introduced: 01/29/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Rupert Wilson Phillips

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Relates to elk restoration.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 29

 

West Virginia HJR 12

Introduced: 01/26/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Isaac Sponaugle

Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish

Summary: The Right to Hunt and Fish in West Virginia Amendment.

Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on January 26

 

West Virginia S 147

Introduced: 01/14/2015

Sponsor: Senator Herb Snyder

Issue Brief: General License 

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 Finance on February 2

 

West Virginia S 149

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 Judiciary on February 2

 

West Virginia S 237

Introduced: 01/16/2015

Sponsor: Senator Daniel Hall

Issue Brief: High Fence

Summary: Creates the Captive Cervid Farming Act; regulates captive cervid farming as an agricultural business; provides for sale of venison, licensing, inspection of facilities and penalties for noncompliance.

Status: To House Committee on Finance on February 2

 

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 House Committee on Rules on January 29

 

 

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES


Iowa H 117
Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dave Deyoe, Member, Iowa Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Anti
Summary: Provides that a person is prohibited from taking or attempting to take a cougar; provides that a taking includes wounding, killing, trapping, capturing, or collecting; provides for a number of exceptions; provides that a person violating the prohibition is guilty of a simple misdemeanor; provides that a simple misdemeanor is punishable by confinement for no more than 30 days or a fine of at least $65 but not more than $625 or by both.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources on January 29 

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: Order Engrossed on February 3

Introduced: 01/27/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Suspends caps on DNR land purchases if legislature has approved Most Recent 5-year strategic plan update and payments in lieu of taxes have been made.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 27

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General, Enforcement
Summary: Prohibits use of unmanned aerial vehicles to interfere with or harass another individual who is hunting.
Status: To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on January 28

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Phil Pavlov, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General, Enforcement
Summary: Prohibits use of unmanned aerial vehicles for taking game.
Status: To Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism on January 28

Introduced: 01/27/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tom Casperson, Member, Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Supports scientifically based state management of gray wolves and to call for legislative action by the U.S. Congress and an appeal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in an effort to remove the Western Great Lakes gray wolf population from the endangered and threatened species list.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on January 27

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Denny McNamara, Member, Minnesota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to natural resources; appropriates money from outdoor heritage fund; modifies requirements for use of outdoor heritage fund money; modifies previous appropriation.
Status: Referred to House Committee on Government Operations and Elections Policy on January 29

Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dale Lueck
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Relates to game and fish; requires the commissioner to make certain considerations when adopting rules and making funding decisions.
Status: To House Committee on Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy on January 29

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Mary Kiffmeyer
Issue Brief: Hunter Education; Seniors; Veterans; Active Duty Military Hunting
Summary: Relates to game and fish; exempts veterans from firearms safety certificate requirement.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on January 29

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Carrie Ruud
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
Summary: Relates to game and fish; requires the commissioner to make certain considerations when adopting rules and making funding decisions.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on February 2

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to game and fish; allows scopes on muzzleloaders.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on February 2

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator John Grabinger
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
Summary: Provides for a general fund transfer and to provide an appropriation to the game and fish department for the private land habitat and access improvement program.
Status: Committee amendment adopted on Senate floor on February 3

North Dakota S 2376
Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator George Sinner, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to lifetime hunting licenses; provides for a legislative management study.
Status: To Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on January 26

Introduced: 01/30/2015
Sponsor: House Appropriations Committee
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
Summary: Makes an appropriation for the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat and to declare an emergency.
Status: To House Committee on Appropriations on January 30

South Dakota HCR 1002
Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Fred Romkema
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Supports the continued operation of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.
Status: Passed Senate (35-0) on January 28

South Dakota S 171
Introduced: 01/30/2015
Sponsor: Senator Craig Tieszen
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Authorizes residents with out-of-state driver licenses to maintain resident hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 30


LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES


Illinois H 346
Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Representative David Reis, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General, Guns
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that a person with a valid concealed carry license issued under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, or an off-duty law enforcement official or officer, may carry a handgun on or about his or her person while hunting deer.
Status: To House Committee on Rules on January 28

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Representative Patrick Verschoore, Treasurer, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; removes the prohibition on taking bobcats in the State; provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to trap or to hunt bobcats with gun, dog, dog and gun, or bow and arrow, except during the open season which will be set annually by the Director of Natural Resources between 12:01 a.m., November 1 to 12:00 midnight, February 15, both inclusive; provides that the season limit for bobcat shall not exceed one bobcat per permit; provides that the pelts of bobcats shall be tagged/.
Status: To House Committee on Rules on January 28

Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brandon Phelps, Member, Illinois Sportsmen's Caucus Co-Chair; NASC Executive Council
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; removes a prohibition on the use of a silencer or other device to muffle or mute the sound of the explosion or report resulting from the firing of any gun; provides that no person shall, carry, possess, transport or use a silencer, suppressor or other device to muffle or mute the sound of the explosion or report resulting from the firing of any gun for the taking of game, unless such silencer, suppressor, or device is in compliance with the National Firearms Act; any game animal.
Status: To House Committee on Rules on January 30

Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brandon Phelps, Member, Illinois Sportsmen's Caucus Co-Chair, NASC Executive Council
Issue Brief: Guns
Summary: Amends the Criminal Code of 2012; provides that the waiting period before a firearm may be delivered to a person does not apply to the sale of a firearm to a person who has been issued and possesses a currently valid concealed carry license under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
Status: To House Committee on Rules on January 30

Introduced: 01/27/2015
Sponsor: Representative Chuck Basye
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Allows nonresidents who own property or pay income taxes in Missouri to receive resident hunting and fishing permit privileges.
Status: Introduced on January 27

Introduced: 01/21/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brett Lindstrom and Senator Ken Schilz, Co-Chairs, Nebraska Sportsmen's Forum
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Changes duties and obligations relating to the mowing of weeds along county roads.
Status: To Legislative Committee on Transportation and Telecommunications on January 23

Introduced: 02/02/2015
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: Introduced on February 2

Oklahoma H 1485
Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative James Leewright
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Relates to game and fish; relates to hunting with aid of lights or a motor-driven land, air or water conveyance; allows certain disabled persons to hunt from a motor-driven conveyance with a permit including certain disabled veterans; provides for fee and duration of permit; updates statutory reference; provides an effective date.
Status: Introduced on February 2

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Steve Vaughan, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to game and fish; relates to the means of taking wildlife; adds exotic wildlife to list of wildlife that may not be taken by certain prohibited means; provides an effective date.
Status: Introduced on February 2

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Steve Vaughan, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Relates to game and fish; relates to hunting licenses; changes effective date of the annual archery hunting license for deer for nonresidents; declares an emergency.
Status:  Introduced on February 2

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Ralph Shortey, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License 
Summary: Relates to Hunting and Fishing Licenses; relates to the date of expiration of licenses issued by the Department of Wildlife Conservation; provides an effective date.
Status: To Senate Committee on Tourism and Wildlife on February 3

Oklahoma S 555
Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Ralph Shortey, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to wildlife; relates to hunting with suppressed firearms; modifies certain restrictions; provides an effective date.
Status: To Senate Committee on Tourism and Wildlife on February 3

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Mark Allen, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to hunting and trapping; specifies certain lands for displaying signage; provides an effective date.
Status: To Senate Committee on Tourism and Wildlife on February 3

Texas S 379
Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Jose Rodriguez
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to the classification of exotic and nongame animals.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs on February 2

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: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs on February 2


PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES


Hawaii H 511
Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Cindy Evans
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProhibits the harassment of persons marine fishing and aquarium fishing; specifically includes the enforcement of harassment as a duty of a conservation and resources enforcement officer.
Status: Subsequent referral set for: House Committee on Judiciary on January 28

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Cindy Evans
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
SummaryEstablishes requirements for DLNR to issue hunting apprentice permits authorizing persons without a hunting license to hunt under direct supervision of a licensed hunter; requires the hunter education program to be available online.
Status: Subsequent referral set for: House Committee on Finance on January 28

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Representative Chris Lee
Issue Brief: Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact
SummaryAuthorizes the Department of Land and Natural Resources to enter into the interstate wildlife violator compact or similar agreement for mutual assistance in the enforcement of wildlife laws.
Status: Subsequent referral set for: House Committee on Judiciary on January 28

Introduced: 01/27/2015
Sponsor: Representative Richard Onishi
Issue Brief: General
SummaryEstablishes a game commission to serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the Board of Land and Natural Resources; makes an appropriation.
Status: Subsequent referral set for: House Committee on Finance on January 29

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Representative Cindy Evans
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProhibits wanton waste of wildlife and establishes penalties for commission of the offense; provides exemptions from the offense for certain persons eradicating or culling wildlife if retrieval of the dead or injured wildlife is unsafe; requires Department of Land and Natural Resources to provide public notice prior to authorizing the eradication or culling of wildlife.
Status: Subsequent referral set for: House Committee on Judiciary on February 2

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Cindy Evans
Issue Brief: Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact
Summary: Requests a feasibility of implementing a wildlife violators compact.
Status: Introduced on January 23

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Senator Will Espero
Issue Brief: Ivory
SummaryEstablishes the offense of the unlawful sale or trade of ivory or rhinoceros horn for any person who sells, offers to sell, possesses with the intent to sell, or imports with the intent to sell any ivory or rhinoceros horn; creates exemptions for the sale or trade of ivory or rhinoceros horn; effective 01/01/16.
Status: Hearing scheduled in House Committees on Energy and Environment/Commerce and Consumer Protection on February 12

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Senator Mike Gabbard
Issue Brief: Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact
SummaryAuthorizes the Department of Land and Natural Resources to enter into the interstate wildlife violator compact or similar agreement for mutual assistance in the enforcement of wildlife Laws.
Status: Subsequent referral set for: Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor on January 28

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Senator Sam Slom
Issue Brief: Range Protection
SummaryProvides protections against burdensome retroactive regulation and lawsuits; prevents frivolous claims against shooting range operators and individuals engaging in target shooting.
Status: In Committee: Public Hearing Scheduled on January 30

Introduced: 01/27/2015
Sponsor: Senator Lorraine Inouye
Issue Brief: General
SummaryEstablishes a game commission to serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the Board of Land and Natural Resources; makes an appropriation.
Status: Subsequent referral set for: Senate Committee on Ways and Means on January 28

Introduced: 01/22/2015
Sponsor: House Resources and Conservation Committee
Issue Brief: General
SummaryFish And Game; Amends existing law; revises provisions; relates to the illegal killing, possession or waste of certain fish and game animals.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on February 3

Introduced: 01/30/2015
Sponsor: Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee
Issue Brief: General
SummaryExpresses support for the 2014 Nevada Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Plan developed by the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council and urges the United States Fish and Wildlife Service not to list the greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Status: To Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections on February 2

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Brad Witt, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
SummaryIncreases 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, $125,000 fine, or both; increases punishment for second and subsequent convictions for certain violations of wildlife laws to maximum 10 years' imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both; imposes additional mandatory.
Status: Hearing scheduled in House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources at 8:00 AM on February 5

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tim Knopp, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
SummaryEstablishes free resident uniformed services appreciation hunting and angling licenses for persons who are residents of state and who are members of uniformed services.
Status: Introduced on February 2

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Eric Pettigrew
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Concerns ivory and rhinoceros horn trafficking 
Status: Substitute version passed out of Committee on February 3

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Shelly Short
Issue Brief: General
SummaryUnderstands the effects of predation on wild ungulate populations.
Status: Hearing on February 5 at 1:30 PM in House Hearing Room B

Introduced: 01/27/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Kretz
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRequires the department of fish and wildlife to amend the existing wolf conservation and management plan.
Status: Hearing on February 5 at 1:30 PM in House Hearing Room B

Introduced: 01/29/2015
Sponsor: Representative Drew MacEwen
Issue Brief: General
SummaryIn certain instances, allows a hunter to bait black bears during special spring animal damage bear hunt, if the hunter obtains the proper permit to assist private landowner/tenant in protecting livestock, domestic animals, private property, or public safety.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on January 30

Introduced: 01/22/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRequests Congress to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries with sufficient resources to expedite review of Puget Sound hatchery and genetic management plans and that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries prioritize and conduct immediate review and approval of these plans.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Parks on January 23


WESTERN STATES


Introduced: 12/05/2014
Sponsor: Representative Tom Jacobson
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
SummaryProhibits commercial outfitting on state lands inaccessible to the public; relates to recreation, parks, sports; relates to state lands.
Status: Assigned House Bill No. 352

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Representative Bruce Cutler
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryAuthorizes a person under the age of 16 to fish without a license under certain circumstances.
Status: To House Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment on January 28

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Scott Jenkins
Issue Brief: Crossbows
SummaryRelates to crossbow hunting; allows the use of a crossbow during an archery hunt.
Status: From Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment on January 29 

Introduced: 01/14/2015
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: From House Committee on Agriculture, Public Lands and Water Resources: do pass on January 29

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Larry Hicks
Issue Brief: General
SummaryCreates the game and fish wildlife round up program; provides for agreements between the game and fish commission and retail businesses for the collection of donations as specified; provides restrictions; provide for rulemaking; creates an account; provides for an effective date.
Status: Committee amendment adopted on Senate floor on January 29
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Western States Manager Andy Treharne, at 303.789.7589, or email andy@sportsmenslink.org