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 23, 2015 

NORTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/22/2015
Sponsor: Representative William Tong
Issue Brief: Budget Bills
SummaryProvides proper funding for state fish hatcheries; provides better funding for the state's fish hatcheries.
Status: Public hearing scheduled for February 27

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Randall Greenwood
Issue Brief: Sunday Hunting
Summary: Allows hunting on Sunday.
Status: Assigned House Paper number 318 and LD 479 on February 20

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative John Burt, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Firearm Suppressors
SummaryRepeals provisions which prohibit the use of silencing devices for taking wildlife and impose penalties therefor.
Status: Executive Session: March 3

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Senator David Watters, Member, New Hampshire Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryAllows 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.
Status: From Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Ought to pass with amendment on February 19

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator James Seward, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Full Capacity Magazines
SummaryRepeals provision of law prohibiting the possession of certain large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
Status: Amended in Senate Committee on Codes on February 25 

Introduced: 02/20/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kathleen Marchione, Member, New York Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAmends the Tax Law; provides a 25% tax credit against personal income taxes for the purchase of gun safety equipment up to $500.
Status: To Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations on February 20

Introduced: 02/23/2015
Sponsor: Representative Alison Clarkson, Member, Vermont Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Shooting Ranges
Summary: Relates to sport shooting ranges.
Status: To House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources on February 24

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
SummaryRelates 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: Eligible for Governor's desk on February 20

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Dave LaRock
Issue Brief: Guns; Firearm Suppressors
SummaryRelates to law enforcement certification of certain firearms; requires that when certification of a chief law-enforcement officer is required by federal law for transfer of a firearm as defined in the National Firearms Act, such certification must be provided within 60 days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm.
Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on February 25

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate Michael Futrell
Issue Brief: Licenses
SummaryRelates to hunting, trapping, or fishing licenses; relates to electronic copies; allows a person who is required to carry certain hunting, trapping, or fishing licenses or a hunter education certificate to meet the requirement by carrying an electronic copy of the relevant license or certificate; requires a license for bear, deer, or turkey to be carried in hard copy.
Status: Passed Senate on February 24

Introduced: 01/14/2015
Sponsor: Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, Co-Chair, Virginia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Enforcement
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: Passed Senate on February 24


SOUTHEASTERN STATES


Introduced: 02/12/2015
Author: House State Affairs Committee
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates to water resources; revises provisions relating to water resource development, the establishment and implementation of minimum flows and levels, central Florida Water Initiative, projects of South Florida Water Management District, preferreds water supply sources, consumptive use permit applications, improvements on private agricultural lands, northern Everglades and Estuaries Protection Program, powers and duties of water management districts.
Status: In House: Placed on Calendar on February 24

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: To Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government on February 20

 

Georgia H 160

Introduced: 01/28/2015

Sponsor: Representative Emory Dunahoo, Member, Georgia Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus

Issue Brief: Animal Traps

SummaryRelates to wildlife trapping, trappers, and fur dealers; repeals a provision prohibiting the trapping of raccoons in certain counties; provides for related matters; provides for an effective date; repeals conflicting laws.

Status: To Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on February 23

 

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: Posted in committee on February 24

 

North Carolina H 65

Introduced: 02/11/2015

Sponsor: Representative Jeffrey Elmore

Issue Brief: General

Summary: Establishes a season for trapping foxes in Wilkes County

Status: Passed House. To Senate on February 24

 

South Carolina H 3118

Introduced: 01/13/2015

Sponsor: Representative Mike Pitts, Member, South Carolina Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council

Issue Brief: General

SummaryAuthorizes the Department of Natural Resources to promulgate regulations governing wildlife management areas and heritage trust lands to establish seasons, dates, areas, bag limits, and other restrictions for hunting and taking wild turkey; establishes male wild turkey hunting season; declares youth turkey hunting day; provides a wild turkey bag limit; provides that wild turkey transportation tags must be verified.

Status: Passed Senate. To House for concurrence on February 24

 

South Carolina S 463

Introduced: 02/18/2015

Sponsor: Senator Shane Martin

Issue Brief: General

SummaryDirects the Department of Natural resources to conduct a review of wildlife tagging, validation, and methods of checking harvested game utilized in other States and to report its findings and recommendations.

Status: To Senate Committee on Fish, Game, and Forestry on February 18

 

Tennessee H 492

Introduced: 02/10/2015

Sponsor: Representative John Holsclaw

Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans

SummaryRelates 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: In House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Assigned to Agriculture and Natural Resources subcommittee on February 18

 

Tennessee H 611

Introduced: 02/10/2015

Sponsor: Representative Ron Travis

Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs

Summary: Relates to Animal Control; authorizes private property owners to eradicate wild hogs year-round in Bledsoe and White counties by any means necessary, except by the use of dogs during seasons designated for deer hunting in such counties.

Status: In House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources: Assigned to Agriculture and Natural Resources subcommittee on February 18

 

Tennessee S 206

Introduced: 01/29/2015

Sponsor: Senator Frank Niceley

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: To Senate Committee on Finance, Ways and Means: Referred to General Subcommittee on February 19

 

 

UPPER MIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 02/17/2015
Author: Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates to the control of disease in wildlife; provides that if the Natural Resource Commission finds that action is necessary to prevent or control the spread of disease in wildlife or in a particular species of wildlife, the commission may adopt rules that change hunting seasons, areas, and limits; establishes disease management zones; authorizes the issuance of free licenses; allows hunting with a firearm from a motor vehicle by designated persons; 
Status: In Senate Committee on Natural Resouces and Environment: subcommittee assignments on February 18

Introduced: 01/12/2015
Author: Representative Lloyd Arnold
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryAllows 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 Senate Committee on Natural Resources on February 24

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: To Senate Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure on February 24

Introduced: 02/18/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mark Anderson
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates to game and fish; authorizes catch and release angling without license.
Status: To House Committee on Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy on February 18

Introduced: 02/18/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kent Eken
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to game and fish, provides for earlier openings for deer hunting and angling seasons.
Status: To Senate Committee on Environment and Energy on February 19

Introduced: 01/06/2015
Sponsor: Representative Jon Nelson, Member, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: High Fence; Ill Youth Hunting; Seniors; Veterans
SummaryRelates to big game and turkey hunting licenses for youth with a life-threatening illness.
Status: To Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on February 19

Introduced: 01/08/2015
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands
SummaryRelates to the option to use deer lottery license refunds for the private land open to sportsmen program.
Status: To Senate on Energy and Natural Resources on February 23

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: To Senate Committee on Agriculture on February 23

Introduced: 01/19/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mike Lefor
Issue Brief: General
Summary: Relates to interference with taking of wildlife.
Status: To Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on February 23

Introduced: 01/19/2015
Sponsor: Representative Todd Porter, Co-Chair, North Dakota Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Conservation Funding
SummaryRelates to the funding and purposes of the outdoor heritage fund; provides an effective date.
Status: To Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on February 23

Introduced: 01/28/2015
Sponsor: Representative Lee Qualm
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryLimits who may request to see a person's hunting or fishing license; provides that any person who is hunting, fishing, or trapping upon private land shall upon request exhibit the person's license to hunt, fish, or trap, or if unlicensed, shall provide the person's first name, last name, town or city of residence, and state or province of residence as shown on the person's driver license or state-issued identification card.
Status: Committee amendment adopted on Senate floor on February 25


LOWER MIDWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 02/15/2015
Sponsor: Senator Eddie Williams
Issue Brief: Seniors; Veterans
SummaryEstablishes maximum fees for annual resident hunting and fishing licenses for residents who are sixty-five (65) years of age or Older.
Status: From House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development: Do pass on February 25

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: In Senate. Committee No. 1 filed. Referred to Assignments on February 20

Introduced: 02/18/2015
Sponsor: Senator Julie Morrison
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAmends the Wildlife Code; defines the term, Drone; prohibits the use of a manned or unmanned vehicle to take, pursue, or intentionally harass or disturb wild birds or mammals; makes it unlawful to hunt on property where wildlife were spotted using manned or unmanned aircraft, including drones, unless 24 hours have passed since the aircraft has landed; provides that the use of a drone as a hunting device constitutes a public nuisance, making the drone subject to confiscation.
Status: To Senate Committee on Agriculture on February 25

Introduced: 01/07/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brian Munzlinger, Member, Missouri Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryProvides that the Department of Conservation and its permit issuing agents shall not charge a permit fee for a hunting, fishing, or trapping permit except for a service fee, a customer convenience fee, or a replacement fee.
Status: Hearing conducted on February 25

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Steve Vaughan, Member, Oklahoma Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates 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: Passed House. To Senate on February 25

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Senator Joseph Silk
Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs
SummaryRelates to game and fish; permits the use of dogs for tracking certain game; provides for codification; provides an effective date.
Status: From Senate Committee on Tourism and Wildlife: Do not pass on February 24


PACIFIC-NORTHWESTERN STATES


Introduced: 02/18/2015
Sponsor: Representative Mark Neuman, Co-Chair, Alaska Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus; Member, National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses Executive Council
Issue Brief: Catch Shares
SummaryProvides priority to personal use fisheries when fishing restrictions are implemented to achieve a management goal.
Status: To House Committee on Resources on February 18

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: In Committee; Measure Deferred on February 19

Introduced: 02/18/2015
Author: House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committee
Issue Brief: General
SummaryAmends existing law; reclassifies certain violations as infractions; provides for penalties.
Status: To House Committee on Resources and Conservation on February 19

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 House Committee on Resources and Conservation: Do pass on February 24

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Author: Senate Natural Resources Committee
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryRevises provisions governing the stamp required for the hunting of migratory waterfowl.
Status: To Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committee on February 23

Introduced: 02/02/2015
Sponsor: Representative Gail Whitsett, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Ammunition
SummaryVests 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: Public hearing held on February 19

Introduced: 02/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Sherrie Sprenger, Member, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunting Dogs
SummaryDirects State Department of Fish and Wildlife to create pilot program that allows persons hunting or pursuing cougars to use dogs; directs department to report to interim committee of Legislative Assembly; sunsets program January 2, 2020.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on February 20

Introduced: 02/13/2015
Sponsor: Representative Wayne Krieger, Co-Chair, Oregon Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: General
SummaryEstablishes Oregon Hatchery Research Center Fund; requires moneys in fund to be used for research projects by Oregon Hatchery Research Center; requires unexpended and unobligated balance in Oregon Hatchery Research Center Fund as of July 1 of each year to be transferred to Hatchery Construction Fund; establishes Hatchery Construction Fund; designates uses of fund; sunsets January 2, 2026; establishes surcharge on angling licenses and additional commercial ad valorem catch fee on salmon and steelhead.
Status: To House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on February 20

Introduced: 01/15/2015
Sponsor: Representative Vincent Buys
Issue Brief: General
SummaryIncreases 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 General Government and Information Technology on February 20

Introduced: 01/22/2015
Sponsor: Representative Joe Schmick
Issue Brief: General
SummaryExpands the existing prohibition on unlawfully entering the land of another to hunt or to retrieve hunted wildlife under Title 77 RCW to include entering the land of another to collect wildlife parts.
Status: To House Committee on Rules on February 20

Introduced: 02/06/2015
Sponsor: Senator Kirk Pearson
Issue Brief: General License
SummaryProvides a group fishing permit for certain programs for at-risk youth.
Status: From Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks: Do pass on February 20

Introduced: 02/11/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brian Dansel
Issue Brief: Hunting with Dogs
Summary: Concerns a pilot program for cougar control.
Status: From Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks: Do pass on February 20

Introduced: 02/12/2015
Sponsor: Senator Brian Dansel
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRequires the department of fish and wildlife to update the 2011 wolf conservation and management plan to ensure the establishment of a self-sustaining population of gray wolves while also ensuring social tolerance of wolf recovery.
Status: Public hearing scheduled on February 23

Introduced: 02/16/2015
Sponsor: Senator Pam Roach. Chair, Washington Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus
Issue Brief: Hunter Education
SummaryProvides funding for the hunter education training program through the issuance of national rifle association special license plates.
Status: Public hearing scheduled on February 23


WESTERN STATES


Introduced: 01/07/2015
Sponsor: Assembly Member Toni Atkins
Issue Brief: Ivory
SummaryProhibits a person from purchasing, selling, offering for sale, possessing with intent to sell, or importing with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn. Makes this prohibition enforceable by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Makes a violation a misdemeanor subject to specified criminal penalties.
Status: Hearing scheduled on March 10 at 9:30 AM, in the State Capitol, Room 4202

Introduced: 02/10/2015
Sponsor: Senator Mark Blasdel
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRevises laws regarding sound suppressors for hunting; relates to fish and wildlife; relates to guns and weapons.
Status: In Senate. Second reading passed on February 23

Introduced: 02/12/2015
Sponsor: Representative Roberto Gonzales
Issue Brief: Anti; Trapping
SummaryRelates to wildlife; enacts the New Mexico Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act; provides for restrictions on the use of traps and poisons.
Status: Hearing scheduled for February 27, 8:00 AM, Room 307

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Richard Martinez
Issue Brief: Access to Private Lands; Angling Access
SummaryRelates to public waters; amends and enacting sections of chapter 17 nmsa 1978; defines the scope of easement created by constitutional provisions regards ownership of public waters, beneficial use of public waters and the right to acquire, own and protect private property; provides for lawful recreational access to public waters; provides for injunctive relief.
Status: From Senate Committee on Conservation: do pass as substituted on February 20

Introduced: 01/26/2015
Sponsor: Senator Mark Moores
Issue Brief: Anti
SummaryRelates to animals; prohibits coyote-killing contests; defines coyote-killing contest; provides penalties.
Status: Hearing scheduled for February 27, 8:00 AM, Room 307

Introduced: 01/20/2015
Sponsor: Representative Samuel 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: In Senate. Passed Second Reading on February 24

Introduced: 01/13/2015
Sponsor: Senate Select Committee on Federal Natural Resource Management 
Issue Brief: General
SummaryRelates to public lands; provides that the Office of State Lands and Investments shall commission a study and provide a report addressing the management of specified federally administered public lands in the State by the State that includes an economic analysis regarding the costs of such land management and the revenue to pay such costs, the management of designated wilderness areas, national conservation areas or land; authorizes contracting out to engage the services needed for the study.
Status: From House Committee on Appropriations: Do pass with amendment on February 24
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Southeastern States Manager Bee Frederick, at 334.593.6988, or email bee@sportsmenslink.org

 

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

 

Northeastern States Director Brent Miller, at 202.543.6850 x 13, or emai brent@sportsmenslink.org

 

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

 

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