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 9, 2015 

NORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/16/2015
Sponsor: Representative Rick Lopes
Issue Brief: Ivory
SummaryBans the sale of ivory in Connecticut.
Status: To Joint Committee on Environment on February 6

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Art Linares
Issue Brief: Ammunition
SummaryConcerns the requirement for an ammunition or gun permit for the purchase of shotgun shells; facilitates the purchase of shotgun shells by hunters.
Status: To Joint Committee on Public Safety and Security on January 26 

Introduced: 02/03/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joel Stetkis
Issue Brief: Knife Definitions
SummarySummary This bill repeals the provision of law making possession or distribution of dangerous knives a Class D crime.
Status: Senate refers to Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety in concurrence on February 10

Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Russell Black, Member, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
SummaryAllows a person licensed to guide hunters to use one leashed dog outside of legal hunting hours to track and dispatch a bear wounded by the guide's client.
Status: House refers to Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on February 10

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Stephen Wood, Co-Chair, Maine Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus  
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors
Summary: Allows the use of suppressors for hunting certain wildlife.
Status: Assigned House Paper Number 291 and LD 424 on February 11

Introduced: 02/04/2015
Sponsor: Caroline County Delegation
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: To House Committee on Environment and Transportation on February 4

Introduced: 2/09/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Glen Glass
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands; Crossbows; Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes a person to hunt deer on private property with a bow and arrow or crossbow during open season on a Sunday in the second half of January, as designated by the Department of Natural Resources, subject to specified provisions of law.
Status: Hearing Scheduled for February 25

Introduced: 02/09/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Glen Glass
Issue Brief: Crossbows; Sunday Hunting
Summary: Authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person to hunt deer on a Sunday during the deer bow hunting season on private property, subject to specified provisions of law; makes specified conforming changes.
Status: Hearing Scheduled for February 25

Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Johnny Salling
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
SummaryRepeals a specified restriction on Sunday deer hunting in Baltimore County; authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to allow a person in Baltimore County to hunt any game bird or game mammal, except migratory game birds and wetland game birds, on Sunday during the open season for that game bird or game mammal on private land.
Status: Hearing scheduled for February 24

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Right to Hunt and Fish
SummaryRelates to the right to hunt, trap and fish; provides for regulation by the state.
Status: Opinion referred to Judiciary on February 6

Introduced: 02/05/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member William Colton
Issue Brief: Standard Capacity Magazines
SummaryRelates to liability for the manufacture, sale, leasing or other disposition of ammunition feeding devices and compensation for damages.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Judiciary on February 5

Introduced: 02/10/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Steve Englebright 
Issue Brief: Animal Traps
Summary: Provides that each county within the state may limit, restrict or prohibit trapping within its municipal limits; provides that municipalities may do so by local law or ordinance. 
Status: To Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation on February 10

Introduced: 02/10/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member William Barclay, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 
Issue Brief: Voter Registration
Summary: Allows any qualified person to apply for voter registration and enrollment by application made with an application for any hunting or fishing license.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Election Law on February 10

Introduced: 01/30/2015
Sponsor: Senator Joseph Griffo, Co-Chair, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Ammunition
SummaryAmends 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 Senate Committee on Codes on January 30

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Patty Richie, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Public Access to Private Lands
SummaryAmends the General Obligations Law; relates to the liability of landowners who permit recreational uses of their land; establishes landowners owe no duty to keep premises safe for entry, passage over premises or other recreational uses or to give warning of any hazardous condition of use of or structure or activity on such premises to persons entering for such purposes.
Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on February 2

Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Patrick Gallivan, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Standard Capacity Magazines
SummaryAmends the Penal Law; exempts certain large capacity ammunition feeding devices from certain requirements of the penal law.
Status: To Senate Committee on Codes on February 6

Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Patrick Gallivan, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Sporting Rifle 
SummaryRepeals provisions relating to the definition of an assault weapon.
Status: To Senate Committee on Codes on February 6

Introduced: 02/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Rick Saccone
Issue Brief: Modern Sporting Rifle
SummaryAmends Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in hunting and furtaking; provides for unlawful devices and methods.
Status: To House Committee on Game and Fisheries on February 9

Introduced: 02/05/2015
Sponsor: Representative George Till
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors
Summary: Relates to gun silencers
Status: To House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs on February 6

Introduced: 02/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Patrick Brennan, Co-Chair, Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Knife Preemption
SummaryRelates to municipal authority to regulate the possession, use, and manufacture of knives.
Status: To House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources on February 10

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Kenneth Plum
Issue Brief: NICS
SummaryRelates to transfer of firearms; relates to a criminal history record information check; adds a definition of firearms show vendor or vendor; requires that a criminal history record information check be performed on the prospective transferee before the vendor may transfer firearms at a gun show; requires that the promoter of a firearms show provide vendors access to licensed dealers who will conduct such checks.
Status: In House Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety: Left in Committee on February 10

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Alfonso Lopez
Issue Brief: Full Capacity Magazines
SummaryRelates to prohibition of sale, transfer, etc., of certain firearms magazines; relates to fine; provides that any person, corporation, or other entity that manufactures, imports, possesses, purchases, sells, or transfers any large capacity magazine shall be subject to a $250 fine; provides for exceptions to the prohibition, including the owner's registration with the Department of State Police following a criminal history record information check.
Status: In House Committee on Militia, Police, and Public Safety: Left in Committee on February 10

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates to revocation of fishing privileges; authorizes the Marine Resources Commission to revoke the privilege to fish in tidal Waters of any person who has been convicted of unlawfully taking oysters or other shellfish from oyster grounds; provides that currently, such a conviction only results in the revocation of a person's tidal fishing license; increases from two years to five years the maximum duration of the revocation of a fishing license or the privilege to fish in tidal Waters.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on February 10

Introduced: 01/19/2015
Sponsor: Delegate James Edmunds, Member, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Apprentice Hunting License
SummaryRelates to hunting requirement for person under age 12; conforms the definition of accompanied and directly supervised as it applies to the hunting requirements for persons under the age of 12 to that of the same term as it currently applies to the hunting requirements for apprentice hunters; provides that accompanied and directly supervised means that a person over 18 maintains close visual.
Status: Re-referred to House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources on February 6

Introduced: 01/23/2015
Sponsor: Delegate David Ramadan
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates to feeding of game, game animals, and fur-bearing animals; directs the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries to allow the feeding of certain wildlife on privately-owned land regardless of whether it is an open or closed season for hunting or trapping of wildlife.
Status: In House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources: left in Committee on February 10

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.
StatusIn House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources: left in Committee on February 10


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: In Senate. On Committee agenda for February 18

 

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: In Senate. On Committee agenda for February 18

 

Florida S 680

Introduced: 02/04/2015

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

Issue Brief: General

SummaryRelates to fish and wildlife conservation commission; requires personal flotation devices to be used in accordance with the United States Coast Guard approval labels; revises the dates for tarpon tag validity; removes the income requirement for a restricted species endorsement on a saltwater products license; deletes the requirement that the number of tags pursuant to a collection permit be equal to a safe yield of alligators; establishes penalties for the unlawful feeding of wildlife and freshwater fish.

Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations on February 6
 

Kentucky H 177

Introduced: 01/09/2015

Sponsor: Representative Greg Stumbo, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

SummaryRelates 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: To House Committee on Judiciary on February 3

 

Kentucky H 367

Introduced: 02/09/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mary Lou Marzian

Issue Brief: Guns

SummaryRelates to firearms; prohibits a person from selling a firearm, rifle, or shotgun at a flea market or gun show to any purchaser, unless the purchaser is licensed to carry a concealed weapon within the state or is licensed to carry a concealed weapon by a state that has entered into a reciprocity agreement with the state; prohibits a seller from conducting business with a purchaser who does not comply with the provisions of this section; requires that the seller complete a form.

Status: To House Committee on Judiciary on February 10
 

Kentucky HR 28

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: Passed House on February 9


Kentucky S 24

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Senator John Schickel, Member, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands; 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: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on February 3

 

Kentucky S 38

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Senator Robin Webb, Co-Chair, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council

Issue Brief: General

SummaryRelates 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: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on February 3
 

Kentucky S 55

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Senator Robin Webb, Co-Chair, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council

Issue Brief: Game Meat Donation

SummaryRelates 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: Passed Senate. To House on February 10
 

Kentucky S 56

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Senator Robin Webb, Co-Chair, Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; President, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council

Issue Brief: General

SummaryRelates 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: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on February 3

 

Mississippi H 24

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Representative Scott DeLano, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Guns

SummaryProhibits altering the serial number of a firearm; prohibits the possession of such firearms; provides penalties for violations.

Status: Died in committee on February 3


 

Mississippi H 65

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Representative Tom Miles, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

SummaryAuthorizes the use of golf carts or club cars to access hunting areas in public wildlife management areas under the jurisdiction of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; requires the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to promulgate rules and regulations for the use of such vehicles in wildlife management areas.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3


Mississippi H 142

Introduced: 01/06/2015

Sponsor: Representative Gary Chism, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Appreciation in Schools; General License

SummaryRequires the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to issue a resident hunting and fishing license to certain nonresidents who reside in an out-of-state county adjacent to any Mississippi county; requires that the commission shall charge the same fee for the issuance of licenses to such nonresidents as is charged to residents; authorizes the commission to enter into a reciprocal agreement with the commission.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi H 350

Introduced: 01/12/2015

Sponsor: Representative Tom Miles, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Angling Access; Seniors; Veterans

SummaryProvides that spouses of military personnel are exempted from the licensing requirements for hunting and fishing privileges.
Status: Died in Committee on February 3


Mississippi H 552

Introduced: 01/21/2015

Sponsor: Representative Herb Frierson, Co-Chair, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council

Issue Brief: Knife Preemption

Summary:   Provides that no county, municipality or political subdivision thereof shall adopt any ordinance, rule or regulation restricting the possession, sale, purchase, transfer, licensing, manufacture, ownership or use of a knife, knife making components or knives in a manner more restrictive than provided by law.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi H 719

Introduced: 01/21/2015

Sponsor: Representative C. Scott Bounds, Co-Chair, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus 

Issue Brief: General

SummaryProhibits the use of unmanned systems to conduct video surveillance of or to interfere with a person engaged in lawful hunting or fishing activities.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi H 720

Introduced: 01/21/2015

Sponsor: Representative Randy Boyd, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs

SummaryProhibits the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks from issuing citations penalizing any licensed hunter engaged in hunting for deer or hogs with dogs on any state or county wildlife management area when such hunter enters the property of another to retrieve a runaway dog; provides that the hunter shall be civilly liable for any damages caused by a trespassing dog.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi H 794

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Bo Eaton

Issue Brief: Deer Management

Summary: Authorizes the hunting of deer over bait during any open season on deer.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi H 795

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Bo Eaton

Issue Brief: General License

SummaryCreates an additional category of resident lifetime sportsman license; provides that this section shall stand repealed on July 1, 2017.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi H 841

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Joey Hood

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

SummaryExempts purple heart recipients from license requirements while hunting nuisance animals on private land.

Status: Transmitted to Senate on February 6

 

Mississippi H 864

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Ken Morgan, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General

SummaryRequires that the commission on wildlife, fisheries and parks shall allow the taking of deer with the use of supplemental feed without restrictions imposed on a required distance or limited clear line of site between the hunter and the deer to be taken over supplemental feed.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi H 866

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative Randy Boyd, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs

SummaryAuthorizes the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to designate certain sections within selected wildlife management areas as zones for hunting deer with dogs during any regulated deer season; authorizes the commission to designate certain sections within selected wildlife management areas as zones for hunting wild hogs with dogs.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi H 889

Introduced: 01/22/2015

Sponsor: Representative John Lamar

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

SummaryProvides that nonresident National Guard and Reserve members may obtain a resident hunting and fishing license and a fourteen-day Armed Forces license.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi S 2219

Introduced: 01/16/2015

Sponsor: Senator Gary Jackson, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Ammunition

SummaryBest known as Keyaurdra's Law; requires that all center-fire pistol and rifle cartridges sold in Mississippi bear a unique identifying mark; requires sellers of ammunition to keep records as to the purchaser of such ammunition by serial number or other unique identifying mark.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi S 2246

Introduced: 01/16/2015

Sponsor: Senator Deborah Dawkins

Issue Brief: General License

SummaryAuthorizes 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: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi S 2262

Introduced: 01/16/2015

Sponsor: Senator Russell Jolly, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: General License

SummaryProvides that the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks shall not impose fees for field trials conducted on private lands.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi S 2444

Introduced: 01/20/2015

Sponsor: Senator Melanie Sojourner, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands; Apprentice Hunting License

Summary: Provides that a resident or nonresident guest of a landowner does not have to purchase or have in his possession a hunting license when hunting on landowner's lands.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi S 2446

Introduced: 01/20/2015

Sponsor: Senator Melanie Sojourner, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Crossbows; General License; Hunter Education; Hunting Dogs 

SummaryProvides for resident hunting and fishing licenses and the fee for each license; provides resident fishing licenses and the fee for each license; conforms hunter education requirements; conforms requirements that certain children who are required to be supervised by hunter.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

Mississippi S 2503

Introduced: 01/21/2015

Sponsor: Senator Melanie Sojourner, Member, Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

SummaryProvides that residents who have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces do not have to purchase a hunting or fishing license; provides that residents who have been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces do not have to purchase a hunting or fishing license.

Status: Died in Committee on February 3

 

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 Senate Committee on Fish, Game, and Forestry: Reported favorably on February 10

 

South Carolina S 57

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Senator George Chip Campsen, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Anti; General

SummaryProvides the Department of Natural Resources the authority to promulgate regulations governing certain areas to establish seasons, dates, areas, bag limits, and other restrictions for hunting and taking wild turkey; relates to the Department's regulation of the hunting of wild turkeys; revises the season for the hunting and taking of male wild turkeys; establishes a youth turkey hunting day; establishes bag limits for the taking of male wild turkeys; revises the penalties for violations.

Status: From Senate Committee on Fish, Game, and Forestry: Reported favorable with amendment on February 10
 

Tennessee H 239

Introduced: 02/03/2015

Sponsor: Representative Kelly Keisling

Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday

SummaryRelates 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 February 3

 

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 Judiciary on February 4

 

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 Judiciary on February 5

 

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 Judiciary on February 5

 

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 Judiciary on February 5

 

West Virginia H 2578

Introduced: 02/03/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Ron Walters

Issue Brief: Crossbows

Summary: Creates a hunting license permitting crossbow hunting.

Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on February 3

 

West Virginia H 2590

Introduced: 02/04/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Gary Gibson Howell

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

SummaryProvides that residents sixty-five years of age or older are not required to have a license to hunt, trap or fish.

Status: To House Committee to Agriculture and Natural Resources on February 4

 

West Virginia H 2596

Introduced: 02/04/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Jordan Hill

Issue Brief: General License

SummaryProvides that all hunting and fishing licenses are valid for one year from the date issued.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on February 4

 

West Virginia H 2640

Introduced: 02/06/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Patrick McGeeham

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting

Summary: Extends buck firearms season by one week

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on February 6

 

West Virginia H 2644

Introduced: 02/06/2015

Sponsor: Delegate Patrick McGeeham

Issue Brief: Animal Traps

Summary: Provides that persons trapping coyote need only check traps once every 72 hours.

Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on February 6

 

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: In House: Read 1st time on February 10 

 

West Virginia S 383

Introduced: 02/02/2015

Sponsor: Senator Daniel Jackson Hall

Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting

Summary: Permits hunting or trapping on private lands on Sundays.

Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources on February 2

 

 

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Matt Windschitl
Issue Brief: Crossbows; Recruitment
SummaryRequires the Natural Resource Commission to adopt a rule permitting a person who is issued a youth deer hunting license to use a crossbow for taking a deer of either sex during any deer hunting season that is designated by the commission; provides that a violation of the new provision is punishable by a scheduled fine of $25.
Status: In House Committee on Natural Resources on January 26

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: In House Committee on Natural Resources on February 3

Introduced: 02/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jeff Kaufmann
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans; Hunter Education
Summary: Provides that a person who is a member of the National Guard, reserve, or regular component of the Armed Forces of the United States, or who was a member of the National Guard, reserve, or regular component of the Armed Forces of the United States and was honorably discharged, is not required to complete a hunter safety and ethics education course in order to obtain a hunting license.
Status: To House Committee on Veterans Affairs on February 9

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee
Issue Brief: High Fence
SummaryAuthorizes 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: In Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on January 14

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Representative Sean Eberhart, Member, Indiana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: High Fence
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: Committee amendment adopted on House floor on February 10

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: Passed Senate. To House on February 10

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: Passed Senate on February 10

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 Legacy Funding Finance on February 5

Introduced: 02/05/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mary Franson
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Relates to game and fish; modifies eligibility to fish without a license
Status: To House Committee on Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy on February 5

Introduced: 02/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Dan Fabian
Issue Brief: General; Seniors; Veterans
SummaryRelates to game and fish; allows persons age 60 or over to use muzzleloader with scope during muzzleloader season.
Status: To House Committee on Mining and Outdoor Recreational Policy on February 9

Introduced: 02/05/2015
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
SummaryRelates to game and fish; prohibits trapping without written permission on private land that is not posted.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on February 5

Introduced: 02/05/2015
Sponsor: Senator Charles Wiger
Issue Brief: Anti
SummaryRelates to game and fish; prohibits trapping and baiting wolves; prohibits use of snares to take wild animals; provides criminal penalties.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on February 5

Introduced: 02/05/2015
Sponsor: Senator Chris Eaton
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates to natural resources; reinstates the five-year moratorium on wolf hunting.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on February 5

Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Bev Scalze
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
SummaryRelates to capital investment; appropriates money for the conservation reserve enhancement program; authorizes the sale and issuance of state bonds.
Status: To Senate Committee on Capital Investment on February 6

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Alvin Hofstad
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
SummaryProvides for a prohibition on the purchase of conservation easements with public funds.
Status: Committee amendment adopted on House floor on February 10

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Vernon Laning
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to non-resident waterfowl hunting.
Status: Failed to pass House on February 10

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jerry Kelsh
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to non-resident waterfowl licenses.
Status: Failed to pass House on February 10 

Introduced: 01/19/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mike Lefor
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to interference with the taking of wildlife.
Status: Passed House, to Senate on February 9

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: Failed to pass Senate on February 4

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: Failed to Pass Senate on February 10

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: Passed House, to Senate on February 10

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator Russell Olson
Issue Brief: Enforcement
Summary: Revises provisions relating to trespass associated with hunting, fishing, or trapping.
Status: From Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on February 10: Do pass.

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: Withdrawn from further consideration on February 9

Introduced: 02/03/2015
Sponsor: Senator Roger Roth
Issue Brief: General License; Seniors; Veterans
Summary: Relates to transfer of certain fish and game approvals to persons with disabilities; relates to the transfer of Class A bear licenses to persons awarded the Purple Heart or serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy on February 3


LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 02/05/2015
Sponsor: Senator Eddie Joe Williams
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
Summary:Establishes maximum fees for annual resident hunting and fishing licenses for residents who are sixty-five (65) years of age or older.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development on February 9

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Senator William McCann
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAmends 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 Senate Committee on Agriculture on February 11

Introduced: 02/03/2015
Sponsor: Senator John Sullivan, Member, Illinois Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
Summary: Amends the Wildlife Code; provides that wild turkey and deer hunting permits shall be issued without charge to land owners who have a life estate on at least 40 Acres of land.
Status: To Senate Committee on Assignments on February 3

Introduced: 02/03/2015
Sponsor: Senator Tim Bivins
Issue Brief: Knife Definitions
SummaryAmends the Criminal Code of 2012; provides that a person who has been issued a currently valid license under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act may carry a concealed stun gun or taser and may purchase, carry, or possess a switchblade knife; provides that the exemption applies only if the licensee complies with the restrictions on carrying in specific locations as provided in the Firearm Concealed Carry Act; permits peace officers to purchase, possess, or carry a switchblade knife.
Status: To Senate Committee on Judiciary on February 11

Introduced: 02/05/2015
Sponsor: Senator William Haine
Issue Brief: Suppressors
SummaryAmends 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.
Status: To Senate Committee on Assignments on February 5

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding
SummaryRelates to amending the powers and duties of the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Conservation and the State Conservation Commission.
Status: Passed House. To Senate on February 10

Introduced: 02/04/2015
Sponsor: House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to creating water conservation areas.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on February 5

Introduced: 01/07/2015
Sponsor: Representative Rocky Miller
Issue Brief: Angling Access
SummaryChanges the definition of waters of the State by removing waters of the United States lying within the State from the definition.
Status: From House Select Committee on Rules: Do pass on February 5

Introduced: 02/04/2015
Sponsor: Representative Robert Ross
Issue Brief: General
SummaryProposes a constitutional amendment to repeal the Conservation Commission's authority to acquire land.
Status: Introduced on February 4

Introduced: 01/21/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brett Lindstrom, Member, 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. Hearing scheduled on March 3 at 1:30 PM.

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:  To House Committee on Wildlife on February 3

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Charles McCall
Issue brief: General; General License
SummaryRelates to game and fish; relates to wildlife conservation passports; authorizes the Wildlife Conservation Commission to establish certain passport; authorizes the Commission to assess certain fee; modifies exemption; authorizes purchase of certain substitute license under certain circumstances; directs certain fees be deposited into Wildlife Conservation Fund; provides an effective date.
Status: To House Committee on Wildlife on February 3

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jeff Leach
Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday
SummaryRelates to an exemption from the sales tax for firearms and hunting supplies for a limited period.
Status: To House Committee on Ways and Means on February 10

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Patricia Harless
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
SummaryRelates to waiving the fee for a fishing license for residents of this state who are at least 65 years of age.
Status: To House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism on February 10


PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/21/2015
Sponsor: Representative Ken Ito
Issue Brief: Range Protection
Summary:Provides for shooting range exemptions regarding retroactive regulation, civil and criminal noise or nuisance violations, and frivolous negligence claims.
Status: In House Committee on Water and Land: Voted do pass with amendment on February 9

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: Hearing Held on February 11 

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Representative Karl Rhoads
Issue Brief: Ivory
Summary: Prohibits ivory and rhinoceros horn sales and trade within the State, to be enforced by the Department of Land and Natural Resources; establishes penalties.
Status: House Committee on Water and Land voted do pass with amendment on February 9

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: House Committee on Water and Land voted do pass with amendment on February 9

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: Public hearing scheduled in Senate Energy and Environment Committee on February 12

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: To Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor on February 9

Introduced: 02/03/2015
Sponsor: Senate Resources and Environment Committee
Issue Brief: General License; Seniors; Veterans
SummaryAmends existing law; revises residency requirements; relates to senior resident combination licenses.
Status: From Senate Committee on Resources and Environment: Do pass on February 11

Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mark Harmsworth
Issue Brief: Outdoor Sporting Tax Holiday
SummaryImproves public safety by encouraging the voluntary purchase and voluntary use of firearm safety products.
Status: Introduced on February 6

Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson
Issue Brief: General License
Summary: Provides a group fishing permit for certain programs for at-risk youth.
Status: Introduced on February 6


WESTERN STATES

Introduced: 02/09/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jay Lawrence
Issue Brief: Dog Tethering
Summary: Relates to dog tethering
Status: Introduced on February 9

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

Introduced: 07/28/2014
Issue Brief: Sound Suppressors
Summary: Revises laws regarding sound suppressors for hunting.
Status: Assigned Senate Bill No. 295 on February 10

Introduced: 01/05/2015
Sponsor: Representative Kelly Flynn
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryRevises the distribution of block management funding; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to state revenue.
Status: Tabled on February 9

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mike McKell
Issue Brief: General; Invasive Species
SummaryRegulates the killing of feral swine; prohibits releasing feral swine on public or private property for hunting or any other purpose; prohibits a person seeking compensation for killing a feral swine; provides that a person who kills a swine is not liable to the owner of the swine unless the swine was conspicuously identified by an ear tag or other form of visual identification and the individual knew the swine was conspicuously identified.
Status: To Senate Committee on Rules on February 9

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: Enacting clause struck on February 10

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Sam Krone, Co-Chair, Wyoming Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General 
SummaryIncreases the percentage of nonresident elk, deer and antelope hunting licenses available through a special drawing; provides for an effective date.
Status: To Senate Committee on Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources on February 10

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: To House Committee on Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources on February 9
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